An agricultural fair in Bukavu to exhibit the achievements of the Great Lakes Agricultural Growth Project

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Bukavu, April 12th, 2021 (CPA).– The head of the station of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Kalambo, Dr Jacob Matman, affirmed that the organization of the agricultural fair in Bukavu, capital of the province of South Kivu, was motivated by the desire to bring within the reach of the community, the achievements of the Project of Integration and Agricultural Growth in the Great Lakes (PICAGL), in its regional integration component through the agricultural value chain aspect. The exhibition of agricultural, fishing and livestock products took place from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 April in the city of Bukavu, under the theme « Agriculture as a business, source of income for farmers in the South. Kivu”, case of (PICAGL) supported by the World Bank (WB). The IITA regional project coordinator, Fofana Mamadou, for his part, assured that significant progress has been made in the field of agricultural research, in particular the production and extension of improved and adapted varieties in the region, a key to the success of the fight against malnutrition which is in full swing there. Several varieties of agricultural, fishery and livestock products were exhibited at this fair open to the public free of charge, namely, improved seeds of beans, rice, corn; tilapia fish produced in Lake Kivu; cows as well as goats. Local and international media, project beneficiaries, political authorities in South Kivu, financial institutions, the Federation of Congo Businesses (FEC), civil society as well as Congolese entrepreneurs, took part in these meetings which were sponsored by the provincial government, it is recalled.