23 June 2016
A few months ago, we launched an appeal for donations on LATITUDES 23° website to add value to fertile agricultural lands threatened by the construction of a cement plant in Biyoki, a village located in Southern Congo. Following this announcement, generous donors expressed interest and have made possible the funding of the agronomical project aiming to introduce improved varieties of cassava. The root of this plant is considered as a staple food for the local people. During his mission in the field, Xavier-Raphael SANA, performed an agrarian diagnosis confirming the agronomical potential of some plots located around the village while noticing the absence of performing cassava varieties that were not being utilized.
Therefore, it has been settled to introduce the cultivation of 3 improved varieties furnished by an agronomical research center from the area on 2 pilot plots with a panel area of 1 hectare. These new cultivars have been specifically chosen because of their high resistance against diseases and their high agricultural yield.
The introduced varieties are going to be duplicated thanks to the propagation by cuttings in October 2016 to, then, be redistributed to the different farmers of the village. Thus, families will obtain a larger cassava production which will improve their living conditions by increasing the available quantity to eat and by generating a new source of income.
Hence we wanted specially to thank the village chief, Samuel Mouanza (in the foreground of the bottom picture), and Jean-Victor Makosso, in charge of monitoring the cultivation (in the background of the bottom picture, and on the top left picture), who ensure the successful operation of the project launched 2 years ago.
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