SENEGAL-ECONOMY-AGRICUTURE – CHALLENGES / Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye wants to make agriculture an “essential pillar” in the quest for food sovereignty – Senegalese press agency

SENEGAL-ECONOMY-AGRICUTURE – CHALLENGES / Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye wants to make agriculture an “essential pillar” in the quest for food sovereignty – Senegalese press agency
SENEGAL-ECONOMY-AGRICUTURE – CHALLENGES / Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye wants to make agriculture an “essential pillar” in the quest for food sovereignty – Senegalese press agency

Dakar, May 18 (APS) – President of the Republic Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye reaffirmed, Saturday, the importance he intends to give to agriculture in order to make it an essential pillar in achieving food sovereignty in Senegal.

“I am a regular at FIARA. It was only last year that I was able to miss the event. I have always wondered about the potential of those involved in agriculture and processing who only require sustained support from the State to do more,” said the Head of State while visiting the afternoon of the stands of the International Fair of Agriculture and Animal Resources which takes place from May 4 to 26 at the International Foreign Trade Center in Senegal (CICES).

In his speech, he suggested that food sovereignty constitutes “a priority, which if achieved, Senegal would have resolved a significant part of its problems”.

“As long as we fail to grow what we consume ourselves, and as we depend on the vagaries of the international situation or the whims of other countries, we will encounter difficulties in feeding ourselves properly,” insisted the president of the Republic.

He was referring in particular to the covid-19 period, during which certain countries had decided to limit their exports to satisfy local demand and the impacts that this had on certain countries, particularly in Africa.

Among other initiatives of the country’s new authorities for the achievement of food sovereignty, Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye spoke of his choice to entrust the department of agriculture to a “passionate and apolitical specialist” whom he only met on the day of the first council of ministers.

He also cited the creation of a Secretary of State responsible for peasant supervision among the measures which justify the importance he attaches to agriculture.

The Head of State also announced an “increased availability” of fertilizers for this year, including the involvement of the army so that “subsidies and inputs reach the beneficiaries directly, without intermediaries”.

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