Food group urges production research in Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A body monitoring food security in west and central Africa (SADAOC) has observed that Cote d'Ivoire had the potential of going self-sufficient for up to 18 months if the authorities there researched into increased yields as well as food conservation.
Making the affirmation at a press briefing SADAOC president, Dr N'Goran, cited rice farming and plantain conservation among areas beckoning for attention.
In the area of rice research he noted that a new species, Nerica, was recently introduced on the market by the Association for the Development of Rice Farming in West Africa (ADRAO).
SADAOC was set up thanks to financial assistance from the Dutch Foreign ministry to the tune of 3.
7 billion francs CFA (1 US dollar = 700 FCFA), and entrusted with support research into food security products and the animation of exchange between stakeholders (businessmen, politicians, consumers, researchers and civil society bodies).
It highlights among problems hindering food security in the sub-region, the lack of adequate road infrastructure, long police and customs checks on trucks transporting food products, and high taxes.
SADAOC executive secretary Kouassi Bernard also noted that at the political level, the governments tended to undermine the interdependence of states vis-à-vis food security in west and central Africa.

14 Junho 2001 21:23:00

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