The rice production national are far from covering the national needs in rice due to urbanization, demographic growth and the insufficiency of the rainfall that make the balance between needs and production is quite fragile. Hence the need to improve the productivity of the various rice-based farming systems, according to Dr. Kofi Bimpong, on behalf of the director of the regional station of the Sahel of Africa Rice, Dr. Kabirou Ndiaye. Mr. Bimpong was speaking at the opening of a workshop of 15 days on the integrated management of rice farming, organized by the Africa Rice, Ngallèle.
Dr. Kofi Bimpong was sent to 15 participants from senegal, benin, madagascar, niger and ivory coast who are engineers, senior technicians of the agriculture to explain to them the need to strengthen their capacities in the area of rice. The regional Director of rural development, Sada Ly, focussed on the urgency for african countries, to reverse the trend by improving, significantly, the rice production and considering the export of rice of best quality to other countries.
According to Sada Ly, Senegal is going to win the battle of the rice. “The rice has become a commodity of strategic and the primary grain consumed in Senegal “, has he recalled, indicating that Senegal and other african countries no longer want to import from asian countries, large quantities of rice. “We need to work in synergy to boost rice production in Africa and export rice to Asia, especially as our asian partners, because of the disastrous consequences of climate change are increasingly facing enormous difficulties to enhance thousands of acres. They have problems to produce the amount of rice they need for their consumption, ” said Sada Ly.
He added that the authorities in senegal have understood this painful situation by launching the national Program of self-sufficiency in rice (Pnar), the national Programme for the acceleration of the pace of agriculture (Pracas) and other agricultural development projects, large-scale. Sada Ly congratulated the scientists of Africa Rice to the consistent efforts and commendable that they are deploying in order to train many senior executives in africa to the modern techniques of development and integrated management of rice cultivation. For 15 days, the participants, supervised by Dr. Karim Traoré, and the research assistant Mansor Diop will study the morphology, the different phases of the growth of the rice and the vegetative development of the plant.
during this session of training of trainers, organized by AfricaRice, with the support of the african development Bank (Afdb), the participants will study the technical routes, the work of preparing and fertilizing the soil, different techniques for salinity control sowing the seeds, implantation of the culture, maintenance, processing and plant protection of the plant.
According to Karim Traoré, a researcher at AfricaRice, the participants will be built on the different techniques of water management, irrigation of plots of rice, the production and certification of seed quality, on the phases of the harvest, in particular on the work of packaging, which mainly focused on the techniques of threshing, winnowing and drying paddy at edge-field.
in the opinion Of Mr Traoré, the first agricultural input remains the seed. “With a very good seed producers will be able to, for sure, to record, at the end of the crop, very good yields,” he said.
Dr. Abdou Mbodj of the Saed and Dr. Biram Ndiaye of Isra have highlighted the importance of this international workshop focuses on the integrated management of rice and that will enable participants to assist their respective countries to contribute to the self sufficiency in rice in Africa. They stressed the need for sustained partnership between the Saed and AfricaRice, Isra, who have always worked in synergy to develop the rice production in the delta and the Senegal river valley and in the countries of the sub-region.
Mbagnick Kharachi DIAGNE