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Haiti - Agriculture : Weekend of work in the Northwest for the Minister of Agriculture
09/04/2012 10:21:17

Haiti - Agriculture : Weekend of work in the Northwest for the Minister of Agriculture
This weekend, the agronomist Hébert Docteur, holder of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), went to the Northwest. During his visit the Minister met with several associations of Peasant to Jean Rabel, Mare Rouge, Guinodé, Côte de Fer, Bombardopolis and Mole Saint-Nicolas.

"It was an Easter weekend both enriching and revealing. My mission in the Northwest, the department where I was born, was impregnated with emotion. The resilience of local populations is indescribable... The 8-month drought, have in no way altered the warmth of these citizens, who did not hide their joy, while expressing their fears over the threat of famine hanging over the department. They also shared their hopes... Confident in the support of the Government, they expect concrete answers to immediate needs !" declared Hébert Docteur.

"Our compatriots through hard times, but they know what they want [...] The dialogue with peasant associations of Jean Rabel was very constructive. This is a team effort, with the peasants as key agents of change ! MARNDR feels privileged to have the active participation of peasants !"

The Minister Hébert Docteur also visited the Farm "La Saline" on the habitation Gaston, this farm that belonged to the grandparents of the Minister is now run by other family members. It is a source of wealth for the Department, 50 carreaux of land operated at 80% in banana production and 20% in shallots and lemon.

At Chansolme and Port de Paix, the Minister visited the Departmental Directorate of Agricultural of Northwest and evaluated the progress of work on agricultural infrastructure recently launched.

"We also came into the Northwest to analyze and evaluate the feasibility of the most ambitious project that Haiti has ever known: the deviation of the Three Rivers (Trois Rivières) to irrigate the lower Northwest better known under the name Far West." The Minister has followed the path of the Three Rivers on a distance of 47 kilometers up to the future site of the dam from which water can be diverted downstream.

This Sunday, the Minister of Agriculture took the opportunity to wish in a statement "[...] that the Pascal spirit can inhabit us, guide us and enable each citizen to become aware of the urgent need to play their part for the rebirth of our motherland ! At the level of MARNDR, we believe that the peasants have already taken this step, it is our responsibility, to us, members of the Government to support them in this quest for better life dependent on economic recovery and sustainable development [...] which is part of a long term vision of the Executive, to have a modern agriculture, agro-ecological, productive and competitive."

In a second press release that same day, learning the news of the terrible accident at Morne Tapion, the Minister Hébert Docteur has transferred his sympathies to the families and friends victims of the accident "All our sympathies to relatives and friends of victims of the accident occurred this Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Morne Tapion ! 26 dead ! A fairly significant loss, knowing that the passengers of the truck were mostly merchants who risked their lives every day, looking for a better life for themselves and for their relatives. We wish a speedy recovery to the thirty wounded. May the souls of those who have gone before us rest in peace !"

S/ HaitiLibre

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