Rural sector development: Japan to improve rice farmers production capacities

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La signature d’échange de notes a eu lieu le 20 août 2019 à Yaoundé, entre le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey, et l’Ambassadeur du Japon au Cameroun, Tsutomu Osawa.

This involves a donation of agricultural equipment worth 200 million yen, or about one billion CFA francs, to help implement the Economic and Social Development Programme. The grant is in line with the assistance provided to our country by Japan, within the framework of Official Development Assistance.

It is specifically intended, through the Rainfed Rice Production Project on Plateaus in Forest Areas (PRODERIP), to provide agricultural equipment support to structures specializing in rice farming in Cameroon, in order to increase production capacity. "On the one hand, it aims at reducing rice imports, improving the trade balance and on the other, strengthening food security", the Minister said.

PRODERIP project which was implemented thanks to the Japan International Cooperation Agency, supports other actions already under way such as the project on rice agronomy and processing financed by the African Development Bank and the project on rice competitiveness financed by the common fund for commodities.