Senegal: distribution of agricultural fertilizers now ensured by security forces | APAnews

Senegal: distribution of agricultural fertilizers now ensured by security forces | APAnews
Senegal: distribution of agricultural fertilizers now ensured by security forces | APAnews

According to the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture, the “cri de coeur” of the peasant world has been heard.

In Senegal, the management of agricultural campaigns has always been a controversial subject. The new authorities had promised in their program to put in place a rigorous and transparent system so that agricultural products could now go to the right holders. Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko chaired an interministerial council on Friday May 3 in Diamniadio to implement this new policy.

Under the supervision of the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Livestock, Mabouba Diagne, the council adopted a strong resolution to “ put an end to all the abuses observed for years in the distribution of inputs and agricultural equipment “. This is how the head of government spoke the day before in the Council of Ministers, specifying that the meeting would make it possible to address the measures that the State intends to implement for the 2024 agricultural production campaign.

With this in mind, Minister Mabouba Diagne affirmed that the new Senegalese leaders heard the “ cry of the heart » from the peasant world, pushing them to make a first major decision. From now on, “ an involvement of security and defense forces, through the logistics unit of the ministry but also of the national gendarmerie, is the main significant change that will be made in the reception and distribution of fertilizers “, he indicated.

This measure will be supported by “ the establishment of a pilot phase of digitalization of fertilizer distribution for this campaign “. “ In order to respond to agricultural campaign management issues, it becomes necessary to interconnect and set up a platform to interconnect the different actors involved in the process of distributing subsidized inputs. », Underlined the former vice-president of the ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank (BDIC).

In addition to the development of individual modern farms accompanied by innovation », the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture hopes to meet the challenge of food sovereignty through related actions. The payment of the operators’ debt, the validation of the agricultural program, which is the planning tool for wintering and off-season campaigns, as well as the subsidy of agricultural inputs are the additional measures taken by those responsible “ to guarantee the success of the agricultural campaign » on a national scale, explained Mr. Diagne.

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