The Minister of Rural Development, Modibo Keita visited the facilities of the Inclusive Project in Mopti from June 3 to 4, 2022. He was accompanied by a large delegation including the Project Director, Dramane Sidibé.
At the entrance to the city of Mopti, the delegation was welcomed by the Governor, Colonel-Major Abass Dembélé, the Mayor of the urban commune of Mopti, Issa Kanssaye, as well as the leaders of the rural world of the region.
This two-day visit to Mopti began on Friday evening with the Minister’s debriefing meeting on the achievements, ongoing activities, prospects and difficulties encountered by the Inclusive Project by its director at the Hotel Campement.
The first stage of this ministerial visit was the installations on the site of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) of Planète distribution located on the Sevaré-Mopti axis. On this site, the mayor of Mopti indicated that sustainable development imperatively involves economic growth and the promotion of employment, particularly through the private sector.
As for the president of the Regional Council of Mopti, Abdoulaye Maiga, he said that the regional council is obliged to set milestones for development. There are several projects in this context, including this one. “As soon as the project arrived, we set up work programs in order to bring this project on board.
The representative of SMEs, Ousmane Allaye Cissé, CEO of Planète distribution who, after greeting the project managers, said that thanks to the help of the Inclusive project, the farmers have provided our company with more than 1,000 tons of rice. Over 80% of the rice eaten in Bamako is imported, so with the help of the Inclusive Project, we want Malians to eat Malian rice.
After the visit, the Minister said he was very pleased with the CEO of Planète Distribution, which plays a major role and supports the State in agricultural development policy. ”It helps farmers to equip themselves, it helps them to have inputs and it prevents farmers from selling off their production. The company buys and sells in the region, it contributes to fight against food insecurity in the region. As part of its partnership between the Inclusive Project, a store of 30/100 meters to be able to store the productions of its peasant organizations is under construction. Not only does Planète distribution buy, it sells and is in the process of building other ultra-modern factories”. This plant will produce four categories of rice, 3 categories of broken rice, and one category and one category of long rice. In addition to that, it has its own brand of packaging, he explained.
Continuing the visit of the achievements, the delegation went to the Courtyard of the Office Riz Mopti in Sevaré, in order to visit the agricultural equipment subsidized at the ORM.
The last stop on this visit was the Sio/Soufouroulaye dairy on the road to Sevaré. At this stage, the minister was very amazed by the result of the inclusive project. 590 liters per day is the quantity of milk produced by the Sio/Samadougou dairy.
According to the Minister, this Sio dairy not only helps to create jobs, but also contributes to the fight against food insecurity in the region. These remarks were confirmed by Aboubacar Coulibaly, president of the Somadougou cooperative, beneficiary of the Inclusive Project. According to his explanations, the cooperative is the number one in terms of milk production and distributes in several localities of the region. According to Mr. Coulibaly, thanks to the Inclusive Project, the cooperative has created many jobs which have made it possible to fight against the rural exodus.
After a tour of the various sites, the Minister declared: “If we manage to exploit this project well, Mali will fight against poverty, as well as food insecurity. I am really satisfied with what I see as the result obtained”. Once in Bamako, adds Modibo Keita “we will see what the government must do in order to consolidate the achievements of this project”.
According to his explanations, the project helps the population to organize itself into a production chain in order to be able to run the economy. And, it is through the ideologies of the agricultural orientation law, that this project was put in place to allow the population to be autonomous, he said.
”We have to keep in mind that we can take care of ourselves, if you see that Russia is facing all its countries today, it is because it has prepared well on all fronts . Let us also prepare, we have land and water in abundance” added the Minister.
For Director of the Inclusive Project, Dramane Sidibé in general on the five regions of intervention of the project, namely Kayes, Koulikoro, Mopti, Sikasso and Ségou, he was able to have a certain number of encouraging results, in particular the financing of five partnerships, 58 contractualization between small and medium-sized enterprises and producer organizers which today affects 25,000 producers in several sectors, in particular corn, sesame, rice, shea, mango, etc.
According to him, “Planete distribution has benefited from significant support for the extension of its rice husking and store construction unit and more than twenty motor pumps to the profile of rice producers in the plains.
It should be recalled that the INCLUSIVE Project, co-financed by IFAD and the Kingdom of Denmark, scales up the achievements of the Rural Microfinance Program (PMR) financed by IFAD and the Economic Growth and Employment Promotion Support Program stimulated by the private sector (PACEPEP) with funding from Denmark.
Its vision is to promote a sustainable transformation of agricultural value chains by improving financial inclusion and economic partnership between actors from poor groups, including women and young people and their organizations, to small and medium agricultural and agro-enterprises. -food.
It will reach 440,000 direct beneficiaries from poor groups, rural family farms, professional organizations (cooperatives, unions, federations) and private agricultural sector enterprises. The approach will be favorable to women and young people (18 to 40 years old) who will respectively represent at least 50% of the workforce affected.
It should also be added that this project has a duration of 6 years (2019-2024) and covers five regions namely Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and Mopti for an indicative budget of 58 billion FCFA.
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