The Minister in charge of Scientific Research, Alkassoum Maïga, graced the official opening of the 11th edition of the Seed Fair on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), in Ouagadougou.
Running with the theme “Contribution of improved seeds to food security in the context of security and health crises,” this 11th edition is being held from June 4th to 7th, 2020. The objective of this fair is to encourage producers to use more seeds of improved varieties, for a sustainable intensification of agricultural production in Burkina Faso.
The economy of Burkina Faso relies on the agricultural sector
Burkina Faso, whose economy is based on the rural sector, is being badly shaken by the ongoing security and health crises. Agriculture, which employs more than 80% of the population is facing significant production difficulties. Also, with climate change, rainfall is becoming less and less abundant, increasing the challenges faced by farmers.
Faced with all these hazards, the Ministry of Scientific Research, through the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), organized the 11th edition of the Seed Fair. The objective of this fair is to promote seeds of improved plant varieties for a sustainable intensification of agricultural production in Burkina Faso.
Thus, from June 4th to 7th, 2020, the actors of the agricultural world will be able to get a window into the current state of seed creation and production in Burkina Faso.
Several activities are on the program of this fair
These efforts include information and awareness raising activities, capacity building of actors and the sale of seeds and plants produced by INERA. “The use of improved seeds associated with good practices will help increase agricultural productivity,” said INERA’s Director Dr. Amidou Traoré.
Thus, through this fair, INERA intends to raise awareness among agricultural stakeholders of the contribution of improved seeds to increasing production and generating income for producers. This fair will be an opportunity for actors to strengthen their technical capacities in the field.
INERA will exhibit seed samples of improved varieties, accompanied by technical data sheets
Actors will be able to pose their concerns to identify the characteristics of the varieties as well as notions related to seed quality. The sales activities mainly concern plants and seeds produced by INERA’s regional directorates and their partners.
The annual organization of this fair is part of the agreement signed between the Department of Scientific Research and the Department of Agriculture. This collaboration consists in bringing seeds of quality varieties to reduce the decline in agricultural production. The Minister in charge of Agriculture, Salifou Ouédraogo, took this opportunity to encourage INERA which is fighting to ensure the production and supply of seeds.
“Support efforts will continue through capacity building in scientific infrastructure and equipment, to enable INERA to respond effectively to demand,” said the Minister of Scientific Research, Alkassoum Maïga.
INERA has approximately 507 staff members, including 284 researchers, thirteen of whom are research associates, 53 research masters, 86 research officers, 33 research associates and 99 research engineers. There are also about 30 senior researchers on secondment or on availability. It has eight research stations and antennas established over a total area of more than 5,500 hectares as well as research sites scattered throughout the national territory.
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