- Written by agriadmin
- Published: 09 May 2016
Côte d’Ivoire covers 322,463 sq. km, which is slightly larger than the state of New Mexico. The country’s soil is rich with nutrients, which is ideal for farming. Millions of these acres are undeveloped agricultural land and forest.
The new President, Alassane Ouattara was elected in 2010 and has developed a strategic plan to bring business back into the country in effort to stabilize the economy. The Ambassador, Daouda Diabate has also dedicated most of his time to ensure the success of the country progressing in Agriculture, along with the President, and Prime Minister, AgriSmart, Inc. has the full support of the Ivorian government in our joint venture. Together we will strengthen the country by modernizing farming through mechanization and irrigation, as well as cutting edge research, development and outreach systems for improving marketing circuits for agriculture.
The trends for production, productivity, area cultivated and world market price of maize (corn) in Côte d’Iviore are similar to those for both roots and tubers and rice. However the net maize exports are shown to increase initially and then fall after the year 2035 if there are no new crops developed within the next three years. Increased food production is needed to feed the rising population in Côte d’Ivoire, by developing varieties of major crops, particularly maize, that are adaptable to the changing climate and are compatible with associated crops.
These targets are attainable through a proactive approach to the production of Agriculture. Agriculture remains the engine of economic growth in Côte d’Ivoire. The country employs up to 70 percent of Ivoirians through farming and livestock.