The SafeVeg project is satisfied with the production of vegetable seeds by Burkinabè producers

Ouagadougou: The National Coordinator of the SafeVeg project, Natacha Gouba, indicated on Thursday February 8, 2024, during a visit to the Loumbila experimental station, that she is satisfied with the work done in the production of vegetable seeds made in Burkina Faso. ''We are satisfied with the work accomplished in this experimental phase of vegetable seed production,'' declared SafeVeg project coordinator, Natacha Gouba. According to her, technicians from the Institute of the Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) gave a positive assessment of the work carried out adding that they attested that the instructions were respected in the field. Ms. Gouba spoke on Thursday February 8, 2024 in Loumbila (Oubritenga province) during an evaluation visit to vegetable seed production fields as part of the Safeveg project. Indeed, the SafeVeg project, with the aim of producing 10,000 local seed kits, intended to be distributed to market garden producers, trained three (03) seed companies from Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, in production techniques and offered them new varieties as part of the introduction of new varieties of tomato, okra, amaranth, African eggplant, pepper, onion and roselle. For Mr. Oumar Cheick Traoré, researcher at INERA in the vegetable and fruit varietal selection and improvement section, ''we are here to see the implementation of the different agronomic techniques which were taught as part of the training in fruit production. vegetable seeds and to verify the applicability of these techniques in the production of the seeds of these vegetables received. Mr. Traoré, while congratulating the Boutapa seed company for the work carried out using the techniques learned, indicated that ''introductions are methods which make it possible to increase the varietal supply of vegetables in Burkina Faso''. ''It is important that these varieties are evaluated and tested before being made available to producers,'' he maintained. He affirmed that there is good hope that certain varieties could delight B urkinabe vegetable producers. According to Patricia Damoué, technical manager of Boutapa, ''the producers are satisfied and are really impatient to work with the varieties that are already at our disposal''. In doing so, she affirmed that ''the Boutapa seed company will always work in collaboration with INERA and the National Seed Service in order to provide producers with a finished product that takes into account their expectations''. Likewise, Monique Ilboudo, producer and seller of, said she had seen three varieties of hard tomatoes that could boost their activities and hoped that the promoter tomatoes would focus on them because this quality of tomato can be exported everywhere. ''If we gain these varieties which produce well to work, that will suit us'' hoped Marie Ouédraogo, processor of pureed tomatoes. As for Eléonor Belemlilga, representative of the SafeVeg project monitoring officer at the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, she expressed her satisfaction with the work carried out by th e Boutapa company for the interest of local producers and Burkinabè consumers. She also promised to produce the report taking into account the various grievances raised by producers and the seed company. However, it should be noted that the SafeVeg project carried out on February 6, a monitoring of the vegetable seed production fields of two (02) companies in Bobo Dioulasso, notably NAFASO in Kiri and Saala monde rural (SMR) in Magafesso where also speculations such as tomato (FBT3, AVTO2121, AVTO2101), pepper (AVPP1343), okra (Keleya, Konni, Sassilon), African eggplant (L10), roselle (L28, Molobala, Sokourani) and amaranth (A2002, AMKR, AMGAR2) were well appreciated by local producers. SAFEVEG West Africa is a project co-financed by the European Union and the Netherlands. It aims to reduce undernourishment, improve the income and productivity of small food producers particularly women and youth, and expand sustainable land use in Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali. The project assumes that promoting the role of vegetables in local food systems requires simultaneous interventions on both the supply and demand sides. Burkina Faso Information Agency MS/ata Legends : 0300- Country coordinator Natachata Gouba said she was satisfied with the work done in this experimental phase of vegetable seed production 0058- The team of INERA researchers in the middle of an evaluation session (evaluating the techniques taught) 0109- The manager of the Boutapa seed company explaining the mechanism applied in production 0186- Producers and consumers discovering new varieties of vegetable seeds Source: Burkina Information Agency

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