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Haiti - Agriculture : President Moïse in the Artibonite for a rice harvest
13/08/2018 08:09:11

Haiti - Agriculture : President Moïse in the Artibonite for a rice harvest
On Sunday, August 12th, President Jovenel Moïse went to the locality of Borel in Deschapelles in the Artibonite Valley to take part in a rice harvesting day at the Deschapelles cooperative, which includes some 1,330 farmers.

For this crop the planters anticipate a yield of 4.5 tons of rice per hectare on 68 ha. Recall that in 1997 the yield of rice which was 5 tons per hectare in 1997 had fallen to 3 tons/ha in 2001, according to the data of the Development Organization of the Valley of Artibonite (ODVA).

By using combine harvesters, modernity enters the rice production in the Artibonite Valley, says the Head of State.

By using combine harvesters modernity is entering the rice production in the Artibonite Valley says the Head of State.

"My administration salute all the efforts that are made to support the national production. We will work with all actors to mechanize, modernize agriculture to increase national production, so as to help the population to better fight against hunger and expensive living.

We distributed this Sunday to the planters of the production block # 6, in Cova in the Artibonite Valley, a lot of equipment that includes two harvesters, machines that cut, clean and sack the rice to be dried,

I am happy to see that there are 12 production blocks in operation in the Artibonite Valley. Each block has 500 hectares. For 2019 we will work to increase the number of Group to 18 [...]" said Moïse.

Note that the planters of the Artibonite valley have invested more than 24 million Gourdes and the State, through the Ministry of Agriculture has allowed them to benefit from an accompaniment of about 17 million gourdes to cultivate their 500 ha.

Moreover, let us recall that last January the Ambassador of Taiwan (Republic of China) in Haiti and André Carmel Beliard, the Minister of Agriculture at the time, initialed a memorandum of understanding in the framework of a project to strengthen rice production in the plain of Les Cayes https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-23211-haiti-news-zapping.html funded by Taiwan to the tune of $8 million. At the end of this four-year project, the Haitian-Taiwanese cooperation expects an increase in annual production of about 10 metric tons of rice per hectare over an area of about 1,200 hectares.

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