From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The African Agricultural Transformation Technologies (TAAT) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday called on farmers to adopt proven and existing technologies to boost farm productivity.
In the official opening of the ceremony, held at the conference room of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin, the TAAT National Team Coordinator in Benin and Representative of the Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Research, Benin, Dr. Vincent Joseph described the programme as apt and such that is in line with the development agenda of the Government of Benin.
He justified importance of the project considering the sustainable soil management component otherwise known as the “soil fertilization” component.
According to him, the three days workshop will gather proposals from different actors to adapt the program to the realities of the country.
“Use proven and existing technologies to boost agriculture in Benin and raise it to a high level of locally, nationally and internationally recognized performance,” he stated.
The 3-year programme would focus on maize, cassava, rice, aquaculture, and soil fertilization.
Joseph further described the program as an initiative for the transformation of agriculture in Africa – A response that leverages knowledge and innovation to scale up proven technologies across Africa.
“This is the objective of the TAAT program established by the African Development Bank (AfDB).” He added.
A total of 31 African countries have expressed their willingness to participate actively in the program and thereby help transform agriculture on their territories.
The initiative is expected to support AfDB’s “Feeding Africa” strategy to end Africa’s current massive food imports and transform its economies, targeting agriculture as a major driver of economic diversification, wealth and livelihood. job creation.
Other particiapnt at the meeting includes TAAT Technical Coordination Office Head, Dr. Mpoko Bokanga who started the presentations with an overview of the program.
In Africa, TAAT will implement bold plans to contribute to a rapid transformation of agriculture in countries by increasing agricultural productivity in nine priority intervention areas: rice, cassava, millet, sorghum, rice livestock, corn, soybeans, beans, wheat and aquaculture.