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Côte d’Ivoire: African Development Bank mission assesses progress of Yamoussoukro agro-industrial project

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Côte d’Ivoire: African Development Bank mission assesses progress of Yamoussoukro agro-industrial project

The industrial zone is taking shape, with the establishment of food and non-food industries that process feeds, cashews and rice.

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, September 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Vice President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Beth Dunford, led a mission to Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, on September 16 to assess the progress of an agro-industrial cluster supported by the Bank. to Aries.

The mission, which included Marie-Laure Akin Olugbade, Managing Director for West Africa and the Directors of the Bank for Agriculture and Agribusiness as well as for Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, Martin Fregene and Atsuko Toda, respectively, was received by Adjoumani Kobenan, Côte d ‘Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Also present were Kaba Nialé, Minister of Planning and Development and Governor of the African Development Bank for Côte d’Ivoire, as well as Augustin Thiam, political governor of the Yamoussoukro district.

The African Development Bank has provided funding of $ 121 million to the agro-industrial cluster of Bélier. This represents 80% of the cost of the project, the first agropolis in Côte d’Ivoire. The project aims to revive the agricultural sector and contribute to food self-sufficiency in a region which has experienced 30 years of economic decline despite great potential.

Project officials said Aries had completed 44% of its work plan and is expected to be completed by December 2022. Work is complete on 542 kilometers of a planned 700-kilometer track and mission officials say the land preparation for rice cultivation and market gardening is also almost complete. The project has already repaired 100 hand pumps and constructed 50 boreholes and 30 latrines. This hydraulic infrastructure will serve more than 180 villages with nearly 628,000 people, including about 310,000 women.

“The agricultural sector is developing well. We are working to revitalize the promising sectors of rice, corn, cassava and market gardening, pigsty and fish farming, ”said project coordinator Valérie Acka. “The industrial zone is taking shape, with the establishment of food and non-food industries that process feeds, cashews and rice,” she added. She said 120 small and medium enterprises will be established in the area.

After government ministers and the Bank delegation received a multimedia briefing on Aries, Dunford said the project’s successes could be replicated in other parts of Cote d’Ivoire and beyond. “The presentation of the project gave us a very good idea of ​​what is going on and, most importantly, what remains to be done,” said Dunford.

“I am here to make sure that we are working with the teams to provide you with what you need to move forward,” the vice president of the Bank told project managers.

The Governor of the Bank and Minister Nialé said that the completed project will improve the income and living conditions of the target population. She noted that “it is important that we can learn from the difficulties encountered in this project so that we do not have to encounter them later in other projects of this type. This project must serve as a true model for others.

Minister Kobenan congratulated the African Development Bank for its commitment to support rural areas. He called for diligence in dealing with the difficulties that have arisen in order to work more efficiently.

The delegation also visited the agricultural development of Subiakro and the industrial area of ​​the project, including the premises of Southland Global Agriculture. The company specializes in processing cashews for national and international markets and employs 1,300 people, more than half of whom are women. Southland Global has an annual processing capacity of 24,000 tonnes and aims to increase production to 45,000 tonnes.

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