Cape Verdean government launches hydroculture pilot programme

27 July 2012

The Cape Verdean government has launched a pilot project in hydroculture – an agricultural method in which plant nutrients are distributed in water – in order to encourage participation of the private sector in the modernisation of agriculture on the archipelago, said Rural Development Minister, Eva Ortet.

The project, which is financed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) includes installing 16 pilot hydroculture units across the country, as part of a public-private partnership, the minister said cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

After leading the session to launch the project, Minister Eva Ortet said that each beneficiary of this hydroculture pilot project would also have to contribute 50 percent of the cost of installing the hydroculture system, which would be financed as part of a credit line for business expansion.

As well as this pilot project, whose beneficiaries will be selected via a public tender due to be launched “soon”, the minister noted that several hydroculture and other production units had been set up across the country, both by producers themselves, or with the support of Rural development Ministry projects, or other partners.

According to Ortet, the pilot project that has just been launched has been designed to operate as a network with the National Hydroponics School, which is expected to start operating in the next two months. (macauhub)