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Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Agriculture: Implementation of the ‘cassava project’

The National Centre for Scientific and Technological Research (Cenarest - Centre national de recherche scientifique et technologique) welcomed members of the ‘cassava project’ to put in place the practical arrangements of this initiative. During this visit, results of the implementation stages were presented. The ‘cassava project’ is now taking shape.
During the meeting, delegates focused on the adoption of the program of 2014 activities and the implementation of a platform that should bring innovations to this project and make the Research and Development Committee in Gabon effective.
Pierre-Marie Louembé, Managing Director of Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research  stressed on the decline of agricultural production over the past three decades in Gabon.
“The chart presented by the United Nations for food and agriculture indicates that less than 1% of the land is cultivated, while production is 77,000 tons to a need of 220,000 tons. This workshop will therefore look at the possibilities of Gabon as cassava is an important element in our country and the sub-region.
We should be proud that a sector is being structured with identified and legitimate stakeholders.  This is an opportunity that will then facilitate the research of issues perfectly matched to the needs of growers, farmers, government and industries to boost the sector,” said Barthélémy Bongo Akanga Ndjila, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Agriculture.
The ‘cassava project’ is an inititative of the regional Pole of Research and Development on agricultural systems in Central Africa (PRASAC - Pôle régional recherche et développement sur les systèmes agricoles d’Afrique Centrale) in collaboration with Cenarest, Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IRAF), Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), and funded by the European Union (EU).

Source: Gaboneco