The Minister in charge of the promotion of Rice Growing, Gaoussou Touré, and the Managing Director of SOLEVO Côte d’Ivoire, Marc Desenfans signed in Abidjan, a memorandum of understanding aimed at developing the Ivorian rice sector, by providing rice farmers with the necessary fertilizers, crop protection products, and technical support to increase their productivity and revenues.
This agreement is part of the National Rice Development Strategy (SNDR) for the period 2020 – 2030, the objective of which is to ensure self-sufficiency for the country in high-quality rice before 2025 and to turn the Ivory Coast into one of the largest African producers and exporters of rice by 2030.
This agreement signed in the presence of the major players in the rice sector, the National Center for Agronomic Research (CNRA), AfricaRice, ADERIZ, OIA-RIZ confirms the will of the government to improve each level of the value chain by relying on the expertise of each of its partners.
“The development of rice growing is a priority for the government,” said Minister Gaoussou Touré. “I thank my partners including SOLEVO for their significant contribution to the practical implementation of the National Rice Development Strategy. This agreement signed with SOLEVO Côte d´Ivoire will allow the delivery of suitable quality fertilizers at a lower cost to the cluster leaders. It will also make it possible to cover the specific needs of rice growers in crop protection products”.
Marc Desenfans for his part stated that: “We are happy to sign such a partnership with the Ministry for the Promotion of Rice Growing. Indeed, at SOLEVO, we share the conviction that agricultural self-sufficiency is the key to the development of Africa.
Through this agreement, we are committed to providing Ivorian rice farmers with complete solutions in order to increase their yields: the development of innovative fertilizer formulas adapted to the needs of the crop and to the specificities of the soils in different cultivation areas, the best proposal. of fertilizers and phytosanitary products meeting the trilogy: cost-effectiveness-sustainable agriculture, training and raising awareness about sound agricultural practices.”
A second agreement was signed during this ceremony between the Minister for the promotion of rice growing, the CNRA and AfricaRice for the supply of high-yield and quality seeds.