Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Launches Program To Boost Agricultural Production

Modern Farming Will Reduce Poverty, Encourage Consumption of Local Products

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has launched a program to encourage production and consumption of locally produced agricultural products by creating modern farms. Equatorial Guinea has been investing substantially in agriculture projects, including projects aimed at increasing agricultural production and encouraging conservation, throughout the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, led by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has been working with the private sector to establish cooperatives to help farmers develop agriculture by providing technical assistance from the government and other countries. The Ministry has also launched a project to replace traditional housing by installing zinc roofs on more than 30,000 houses, in order to upgrade homes in rural areas throughout the national territory.

A new network of paved roads is improving rural communities’ access to markets and will encourage domestic trade in agricultural products. The eradication of hunger and poverty is one of the government’s priorities to improve the country’s standard of living,” said Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Sergio Osa Mongomo. He continued, “The government is implementing numerous projects in the agriculture sector to provide opportunities for the rural labor force and establish rural trade.”

The Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry has been inspecting farms throughout the continental region to assess the progress of farming. He was able to meet with farmers and assess labor and farm maintenance needs.

The country produces a diversity of crops today, including coffee and cacao and other products such as lumber and coconut oil. The country also has extensive coastal fisheries and untapped mineral resources.