Guinea-Bissau government delivers to farmers seed and fertiliser donated by China

2 August 2016

The government of Guinea-Bissau has begun distributing to farmers the agricultural production resources, namely seed and fertiliser, donated by China at a ceremony last weekend in Bafatá.

Official information indicates that the donation involves 500 tons of rice seed, 617 of fertiliser and 20 of peanuts, along with bean varieties, and also six new tractors and several power tillers. They will be placed at the disposal of farmers in the country’s 39 sectors and 8 regions, including the Autonomous Sector of Bissau.

Agriculture Minister Rui Nené Djata said that these production means should enable more than 400 hectares to be planted with peanuts and a similar area with beans. The rice seed should lead to a harvest of 30,000 tons.

Prime Minister Baciro Djá presided at the ceremony. He said the time had come to transform the family-based farming currently practiced in Guinea-Bissau into mechanised agriculture, to increase agricultural production and productivity.

Djá stated that one of his government’s goals is to create conditions to enable farmers to harvest up to 80,000 tons of rice, with a view to reducing imports of that cereal. (Macauhub/CN/GW)