"Caravan of Change" Haitian President's latest push to revive dormant agricultural sector

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 4, 2017 Under: Economy
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On the occasion of the National Agriculture and Labor Day on May 1, President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, the President and Vice-President of the National Assembly, Youri Latortue, and Cholzer Chancy, officially launched the Caravan of Change in the locality of Lagrange, in the city of Saint-Marc.

 The Caravan of Change is the president's latest efforts in the reviving of the long dormant agricultural sector of the country. 
"The Caravan is a commitment to agricultural development in Haiti," stressed the President speaking to a large enthusiastic crowd.

During the ceremony, Haitian government officials and international partners met with community leaders an representatives of farmers to listen to their grievances and what they expected from the president's caravan.

President Jovenel Moise has ordered the National Center of Equipment (CNE) and the Ministry of Agriculture to mobilized all the resources together to rehabilitate some 65.000 ha of land in the Artibonite valley region.

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The President's focus on the Artibonite Valley is very significant, considering that it is the largest rice production part of the country, with annual output of more than 120.000 tons.  Rice is the the main food staple in Haiti, and over 500.000 tons are imported annually since the country doesn't produce enough.

The President believes that with the rehabilitation of the 65.000 ha, the Artibonite valley will be able to produce some 400.000 tons of rice, significantly reducing Haiti's reliance on imports.

Several thousand planters will also find work in the Artibonite Valley. A giant step which was applauded by the Federation of Associations of Irrigators of Artibonite.

The Caravan of Change is a key component of the government's strategy to support the revitalization of the agricultural and the environment sectors .

 Initiated by the President himself, it consists of a plan to respond to the damage caused by hurricane Matthew last October; its implementation will be the responsibility of the government and will fall within the overall plan of the five-year plan which requires even broader actions covering the " The entire national territory.

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