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Haiti - Agriculture : Support project for rice producers of Artibonite
10/03/2018 08:00:18

Haiti - Agriculture : Support project for rice producers of Artibonite
As part of the policy of strengthening stakeholders in the rice sector, the Ministry of Agriculture of Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) officially launched this week, in collaboration with the Directorate General of the Development Agency of the Valley of the Artibonite (ODVA), the project "Promotion of production blocks" in the Artibonite Valley.

"[...] the idea of ​​this project is to give a new impetus to the development of agriculture in the region, especially rice farming, through the provision of local support for agricultural producers. It is a matter of accompanying the latter from the preparation of soil to the marketing of products through processing," declared Agronomist Jean Willy Jean Baptiste, who explains that the government has just initiated a series of actions consisting of the physical development of spaces called "production blocks", including the rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure (secondary network), as well as access tracks to facilitate the transport of agricultural products.

According to him, the setting up of this project has already made it possible to identify and delimit 12 production blocks accompanied by 12 agricultural cooperatives and the census of current producers, at the level of 6 production blocks.

Eugène Branly, Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture confirms that the Ministry has already put 60 tractors at the disposal of agricultural cooperatives https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-23537-haiti-agriculture-distribution-of-52-additional-tractors-in-the-artibonite.html , adding that about 440 metric tons of rice seed, variety TCS10 donated from Taiwan https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-23088-haiti-news-zapping.html were made available to producers during the last production season and some 40 high-quality processing equipment was made available to 40 rice mill owners https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-23346-haiti-agriculture-jovenel-gives-40-rice-mills-to-farmers-of-artibonite.html

He said the actions for the next few months will be the identification and delineation of 12 new production blocks; the census of producers at the level of 18 production blocks and the continuation of the setting up of new cooperatives and equipment for the benefit of mill owners.

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