The Ivory Coast has begun a drive to restructure completely its national agriculture system.
GV EXT Poster introducing show
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Ivory Coast meat demands are estimated to be 80,000 tons (tonnes) in 1980 and 160,000 tons (tonnes) in 1985. Domestic production targets for 1980 are 32,000 tons (tonnes) and for 1985 are 87,000 tons (tonnes).
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Background: The Ivory Coast has begun a drive to restructure completely its national agriculture system. The Minister for Animal Production, M. Dicoh Garga, told students from all parts of West Africa that a reappraisal of techniques was vital to economic development. He was speaking at the opening of the eighth National Agricultural Show, at the National School of Agriculture in Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: For eight years the National Agricultural School has been the centre for rural development in West Africa. Sponsored by the European development Fund and the Central Economic Bank, the school encourages village farmers to adopt modern techniques.
Theme of the eighth annual show was "crop development and breeding". The Abidjan Government wants the villagers to rear sheep and cattle to meet the growing demand for animal protein, and points out this also will dictate the nature of the crops they grow.
The government expects the demand for meat to double during the next five years. Domestic production, unless stepped up, could satisfy only half this target. Traditional imports from the Sahel countries, have been disrupted by drought. Crop rotation will be introduced, linked to the production of animal feed.
The rationalisation of crop production will enable animal rearing to intensify. Traditional northern heards are small and loosely farmed, but reclamation of swampland by fertiliser will stabilise and expand the amount of productive pasture available.