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Burkina to pump over CFA33bln into new wet season

The government of Burkina Faso will invest over CFA33 billion into purchasing inputs and equipment for the 2017-2018 crop year to support producers, the Ministry of Agriculture has said.Resulting from a cooperation agreement between the World Bank and the government of Burkina Faso, the financial support will make it possible to intensify agricultural production in the new season.

The official ceremony for the submission of co-financing agreements and the distribution of agricultural inputs and materials for the current wet season was chaired by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore in Manga (capital of the south-central region) on Saturday.

The co-funding agreements concern the third phase of the second National Land Management Program (PNGT2-3) in favor of the 302 rural communities and the 13 regional authorities of Burkina Faso.

For the current crop year, more than CFA14.145 billion will be injected into the construction of manure pits, market gardens, input shops, drilling and educational and commercial sanitary facilities.

The bulk of the funding for local governments will be used, among other things, to purchase improved seeds, chemical fertilizers, motorized agricultural equipment and animal-powered ones.

In this regard, the total cost is about CFA19.505 billion.

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, Jacob Ouedraogo, the government has also acquired spraying devices, pesticides and motorized and protective equipment to deal with a possible bird and locust invasion.

At the end of the current wet crop season, the Ministry of Agriculture intends to harvest 5.2 million tonnes of cereals, 1.5 million tonnes of cash crops, including 800,000 tonnes of cotton, 938,000 tonnes of other food crops.

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