The Toguna Group and the Office Cherifien des Phosphates ply Bougouni, Sikasso, Niono and Sevare from May 20 to June 7 to educate farmers on the popularization of fertilizers
It is also about sharing experiences between agricultural actors. The launch of the caravan took place in the capital of Banimogotié (Bougouni) which recorded the presence of agricultural actors and a large Moroccan delegation. On the football field, there was the gigantic truck of caravaneers in which is installed a laboratory that analyzes the fertility of the soil. This first edition, which will cross several agricultural regions of Mali namely, Bougouni, Sikasso, Niono and Sévaré, represents a real tool to sensitize farmers.According to the document submitted to the press, the areas crossed will certainly benefit from the experience and know-how of the various partners involved in the agricultural sector.The Toguna Agro-industries group’s CEO, Seydou Nantoumé, said the caravan will be a move towards producers, technicians with the aim of strengthening farmers’ capacities through the improvement of soil fertilization techniques. The initiative supported by OCP is a must in the international market. According to Rachid Ben Ani, Africa director of the office, the company places small producers at the center of its interests. In order to better identify their needs, OCP has launched a vast project of soil fertilization map in Morocco. A brief presentation on OCP was enough for the assistants to understand the leader in phosphate mining.
For his part, the Minister of Rural Development, Bocary Treta, recognizes that Seydou Nantoumé is at the head of a company that fights in a particularly difficult environment. “His collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development is still fruitful,” he notes. The minister made it clear that one of the missions of his department remained the defense of the interests of the various actors in the sector. This is for the state to create opportunities for all producers. He then warmly welcomed the Toguna-OCP partnership, urging the two companies to “multiply similar initiatives to be ever closer to the concerns of small producers”.Pursuing its ambitions, the group is preparing to open its first phosphate granulation unit on June 15, 2015 in Tilemsi.
The next stage of the caravan will take place in Sikasso on May 25th.