Transforming the livestock and fisheries sector: what Sidi Touré did at the 58th edition of the SIA in Paris

The 58th edition of the International Agricultural Show (SIA) in Paris, France, officially opened its doors on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The Ivorian Minister of Animal and Fisheries Resources was present with a strong delegation from his ministry to carry the voice of the government in its policy of development and transformation of the animal and fisheries sector.

Participation in the opening with Minister of State Adjoumani…

On the occasion of the opening of this 58th edition of the SIA, Minister Sidi Touré, Minister of State Adjoumani Kouassi, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, attended the opening of the Ivory Coast stands. This strong representativeness of the Ivorian stands is intended to guarantee the country’s success in finding technical and financial partners for “our food self-sufficiency”. Sidi Touré was able to visit the various stands at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, in particular cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry farm animals, as well as aquaculture stands, animal health and domestic and leisure animals. The aim was to observe new practices in breeding and reproduction involving technology. An exchange of useful experiences for our Ivorian professionals.

The various interviews for the search for financial partners…

After the opening, the minister held several talks in Paris. Thus, on Saturday 26 February, Sidi Touré discussed possible collaboration with the Ministry of Animal and Fishery Resources with Jean Paul Brun from Coopex Montbéliarde. This interview focused on reviving this ancestral collaboration between Coopex Montbéliarde and its ministry through the supply of materials, animals, seeds, etc. Coopex Montbéliarde, a federation of 10 cooperatives owned and controlled by farmers, is worldwide leader in genetics which is part of the Umotest Coopex group. It offers highly fertile Montbéliarde semen as well as pregnant heifers and breeding services.

In addition, on Sunday February 27, the Minister received François Burgaud, President of Medef International’s Agriculture and Food Department, Ms. Michelle Grosset, Director of Medef International’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Department, and Jean François Billot from Afruibana, a company that deals with the issue of transhumance in Côte d’Ivoire. Discussions with his hosts focused on the terms of cooperation with the Ministry of Animal and Fishery Resources within the framework of national development and livestock, fisheries and aquaculture policies. In the early afternoon, Sidi Touré visited the dairy farm of Montbéliard cows at La Vieille Rue Pays du Bray in Beauvais. This visit was part of the technical exchanges aimed at revitalizing the livestock sector. It allowed the minister to make the rich discovery in this family business, which is a model of inspiration for local communities due to its internal organization and the identification of cows to define the genealogical structure of the Ivorian cattle.

In the evening, on behalf of Côte d’Ivoire, the minister awarded the prize for the best dairy breed in the cattle category at the general agricultural competition Paris 2022. A competition that allows local producers to be evaluated and also to guarantee consumers the quality of French products .

Monday 28 February 2022, together with the Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of Water and Forests Alain-Richard Donwahi and Ambassador of Ivory Coast to France Maurice Bandaman Sidi Touré an interview with French Agriculture Minister Julien DeNormandie. This interview was followed by a tour of the fair. The aim of this exchange session was to take stock of intergovernmental cooperation at the level of the various agricultural policies between Côte d’Ivoire and France.

The different visits…

He then spoke to Martial Marguet, President of the Institut de l’Elevage (IDELE-France). This working session revolved around a possible technical cooperation with the Ministry of Animal and Fishery Resources regarding governance, training, research and development of the livestock sector in Côte d’Ivoire within the Policy National Livestock and Aquaculture Development (PONADEPA). The Livestock Institute is a professional institute for expertise and applied research on herbivores: cattle, sheep, goats, horses. With government support, it aims to improve the competitiveness of herbivore farms and their sectors in an ever-changing environment. Its work provides technical and innovative solutions for cattle, sheep, goat and horse breeders and for stakeholders in the canals.

On Tuesday March 1, 2022, the Minister of Animal and Fishery Resources visited the Baudot cattle farm in the town of Semur-en-Auxois, in the Burgundy region of France. This visit, aimed at establishing technical links of cooperation between the farm and my ministerial department related to the production and selection of cattle of the cow breed, allowed Sidi Touré to discover the “Charolais” breed. After the Baudot cattle farm, the focus was on the “Chèvrerie du Rochat” farm in the commune of Sainte-Colombe en Auxois, a farm specializing in goat breeding. The minister wanted to study the conditions and new techniques of goat breeding and, in particular, to discover goat breeds that do not exist in Côte d’Ivoire. The minister’s visits ended with the discovery of a breed of Lacaune sheep at the sheep farm specializing in fresh cheeses, a French breed of sheep originally of mixed aptitude that now includes two varieties: the dairy Lacaune and the meat Lacaune.

Wednesday March 2nd, 2022 was the day dedicated to Ivory Coast. Thus, at the heart of a ministerial conference chaired by Minister of State Adjoumani, the Minister of Animal and Fishery Resources presented to the various participants of the SIA 2022 the PONADEPA (the National Policy for the Development of Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture ) of my Department for the achievement of self-sufficiency with animal and fish proteins in Côte d’Ivoire. This conference was held around the theme ‘Vision for animal and fisheries resources by 2026’. This conference, which was part of the program of the Ivorian Agriculture Day, had the general theme: “Agriculture beyond COVID-19 and climate change: accelerating the modernization of the sector”.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Sidi Touré traveled to Rome, Italy, on the sidelines of the SIA, where he met Pierfrancesco Latini, Director General of the Italian External Trade Insurance Service (SACE). After a mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the PMSA (and PAV-CI) projects, the SACE group reaffirmed its commitment to finance these two projects with an amount of FCFA 57.365 billion and intends to invest in other sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular the beef industry While still in the Italian capital, during their exchange, the existing collaboration between Côte, the minister was received for an audience by the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Qu Dongyu d’Ivoire and the organization in the animal sector – and fisheries resources discussed.Sidi took the opportunity to present the new development policy of the Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (PONADEPA) and the various projects to the Director General Ministerial Department.

At the end of his interview, he drove to the town of Montichiari, in the province of Brescia in northern Italy, to visit the factory of the SB Impianti company. Sidi Touré was pleased with the progress of the work on assembling the parts that will make up the infrastructure of the PAPAN projects. The company SB Impianti is responsible for the construction of the poultry infrastructure within the PMSA and PAV-CI projects. He also visited the ROTA GUIDO company in the city of Cremona. This visit allowed him to immerse himself in innovative infrastructures and technologies in the poultry, sheep and cattle sectors that could be applied in Côte d’Ivoire.

The 58th edition of the SIA in Paris, very rich in meetings and experiences, was an opportunity for Minister Sidi Touré to get an idea of ​​the latest technological developments implemented in Côte d’Ivoire for the resuscitation and transformation of animals can and fish production. Also seek funding from financial partners for several projects in the above sectors to create wealth and jobs for the benefit of young Ivorians.

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