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Haiti - Agriculture : Venezuela and President Martelly alongside peasants
This center, equipped with three rice mills, a dozen tillers and other agricultural equipment, is part of a project, led by ODVA, aimed at building a dozen similar centers in the region. Timonette, Desdunes and Verrettes are the first three recipients. The money is already available to build five more centers soon, with a capacity of 2.2 to 3 metric tons per hour. This project is funded for a total of over $9 million under the program PetroCaribe.
In the presence of local authorities and hundreds of peasants, the Head of State asked the Venezuelan Ambassador to convey his thanks to President Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan people for this frank cooperation, which undoubtedly gives concrete results for the Haitian people.
For his part, the Venezuelan Ambassador expressed his pride and satisfaction with the positive results provided by the President Martelly through the Haitiano-Venezuelan cooperation. "On behalf of President Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan people, you can rely on the cooperation of Venezuela..."
The Head of State took the opportunity to renew its commitment to take concrete action to meet the needs of the population. "My mission is to change the lives of Haitians, to have a special attention for the poor who are suffering for long time."
To Timonnette are available 1.500 bags of fertilizer to be sold at reduced prices to growers, and more than 9,000 agricultural tools (hoes, shovels, rakes, axes and machetes) for free distribution to peasants. "In time, the Artibonite Valley produced 125,000 tons of rice. In 2004, this figure is reduced to 65,000 tons. Today, it has increased to 90,000 tons, but it is insufficient, because every year we import 350,000 tons of rice," regretted the Head of State who is committed to support the peasants to increase rice production in order to compete with imported rice.
Moreover, the President Martelly promised to respond to various complaints from residents of St. Marc, as the dredging of the River Salifoudre, the installation of a football field (on four carreaux) and the construction of a University (on five carreaux).
Like many municipalities, including Verettes, Saut d'Eau, Lascahobas and Belladère where infrastructure works are completed, the results will be palpable in other parts of the country, said the President Martelly. "I decided to work for the Haitian people, until the last day of my mandate."
"Construction of Community Centre of Moulin is a great achievement in the Artibonite Valley," welcomed the Minister Jacques Thomas. "This is extremely important to value the [National] rice," adding that a management committee was established to ensure the sustainability of the Community Centre.
Agriculture is a key factor in the vision of the Head of State about the national production. In this regard, provisions, such as strengthening of the ODVA, were adopted in order to support the peasants.
Photo : The President of the Republic attends a demonstration relating to the start of a tiller