PICAGL steering committee validates its work plan for 2022 financial year

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Kinshasa, August 8th, 2022 (CPA) – The steering committee of the Integrated Agricultural Growth Project in the Great Lakes (PICAGL), during a working meeting held in Kinshasa, proceeded last Friday to the validation of its PICAGL’s work plan and annual budget for 2022 financial year.

This validation comes after the restructuring and extension of this project, which had already come to an end on December 31st. Indeed, PICAGL, an annex project of the Ministry in charge of Agriculture and financed by the World Bank, has the overall objective of increasing the agricultural productivity and marketing in targeted areas in DRC.

In his word for the occasion, the General Secretary of the Ministry in charge of Agriculture, Mr. Baudouin Kalala, indicated that the completion of this work is the culmination of a long process initiated at the level of PICAGL with its various partners from execution at the provincial level.

For Mr. Baudouin Kalala, the project development objective (PDO) is to increase agricultural productivity and pursue the marketing of products in targeted areas in DRC, with the aim of improving regional agricultural integration and providing an immediate and effective response in the event of a crisis.

According to him, the due diligence related to the extension of this project, renewal of the contracts of the project teams and those of the implementing partners were time-consuming.

Consequently, the project will only last 5 months, for 2022 year, and will be mainly devoted to the implementation phase of its activities to meet the many pressing expectations of the beneficiaries.

In the presentation of the state of execution of the project in 2021, PICAGL national coordinator, Alfred Kibangula Asoyo, pointed out that this project can be summed up in four components. These are the development of the agricultural value chain, support for the development of the agro-industrial private sector, the integration as well as support and management services for the Project.

According to PICAGL coordinator, during 2021 year, the project provided supervision for 160,000 agricultural households out of 200,000 planned.

On this, 2022 year has a very ambitious budget of USD 48,366,276, including USD 36,696,280.94, or 76% just for the first component, said PICAGL coordinator. This project is implemented in the provinces of Sud Kivu and Tanganyika, it notes. ACP/