A cooperation agreement was inked on Friday in Abidjan between the two sides. The deal sealed with OCP will enable the government of Côte d’Ivoire to speed up the implementation of its national strategy set for the development of rice cultivation. The goal is to reach self-sufficiency by 2025 before becoming one of the largest African exporters by 2030.
In order to fulfill this target, Abidjan has partnered with OCP Africa. The cooperation signed by the two sides includes the development and restructuring of value chains for rice activities and access to customized fertilizers to scale up rice productivity and improve the income of rice farmers in Côte d’Ivoire.
Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Rice farming Gaoussou Touré stressed the importance of the agreement signed with the subsidiary of the OCP Group, saying it comes at the right time to help develop rice production in his country.
The representative of OCP Africa in Côte d’Ivoire Mohamed Benzekri voiced the firm determination of OCP Africa to contribute to the development of rice cultivation in this African country and work with all local partners and farmers within the framework of a “win-win” partnership and South-South cooperation.
A subsidiary of OCP Group, a leading global provider of phosphate and its derivatives with almost 100 years of experience, OCP Africa is committed to the sustainable development of African agriculture.
It develops fertilizer solutions customized to local conditions and crop needs. It is present in several African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Benin, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Rwanda.