Entrevista con Sergio Osa Mongomo, Viceministro de Agricultura y Bosques

December 17th , 2010 → 5:04 am @

En un encuentro especial en el Ministerio de Agricultura y Bosques, Sergio Osa, Viceministro del ramo, nos informa sobre el proyecto MAECI un ambicioso plan para desarrollar la agricultura basado en la creación de nuevas fincas modelos a lo largo de todo el país, y que ya ha empezado a ponerse en marcha con la ayuda de la empresa estadounidense Management & Economics Consulting, Inc’s.

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Interview with Sergio Osa Mongomo, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry – English Translation

December 17th , 2010 → 5:03 am @

In a special meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Sergio Osa



 Deputy Minister of industry, reports on the project DFAIT an ambitious plan to develop agriculture based on the creation of new models farms throughout the country and has already begun to be implemented with the help of the U.S. company Management & Economics Consulting, Inc’s.

Equatorial Guinea is rich in arable land areas and has enormous potential for enhancing the development of agriculture production and achieving self-sufficiency to provide the country and even export of products. However, to achieve this goal it is necessary to allow a large investment to modernize and update the traditional form of agricultural labor. To this end, the Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has signed several agreements with the company Management & Economics Consulting, Inc’s (DFAIT) for the design, planning and establishment of model farms in order to achieve food self-sufficiency in Equatorial Guinea.

U.S. company dedicated to consulting management and productive economies, with extensive experience in other parts of the world, will be involved in the agricultural sector of Equatorial Guinea to contribute to its development through technology initiatives and generating employment, providing the necessary knowledge farmers.

For more information on this particular project, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sergio Osa www.guineaecuatorialpress.com Mongomo has received in his office at the ministry in the city of Malabo, which explains the aims and claims of the Government this ambitious and innovative land development plan by farms.

– What is the “Project DFAIT” and who are the promoters of the same?

“The Project” DFAIT “is an agreement between the Government and the company DFAIT to boost agricultural development in Equatorial Guinea, with the ultimate goal of the country to get supplies of domestic and curb import demand and product. This project has been developed to meet the guidelines set by the Government in the Second Economic Conference held in 2007 and where the main lines were drawn to guide the economy in the future. Obviously, the initiative has been proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and materialized by the government of Equatorial Guinea.

– What is the point the project and who is it for?

“The project is aimed at the population and is an initiative developed to promote agriculture in Equatorial Guinea, to create large farms in which farmers can work and increase their knowledge of how to grow food in a more modern, and learn techniques production respectively. Likewise, farmers can also come to the farms to obtain the services they need, such as pumps, seeds, inputs … also be given training on the handling of machines, these will also serve as model farms to experience productive with new varieties from other countries, in order to have an endless number of products in abundance and that all stakeholders can carve in their areas, according to the distribution of farms across the country.

– Can you tell us how much will be invested in the project?

“According to the contract signed between both institutions, the government will unlock a total of 6 million euros, an amount approximately equal economic Cephas 3,930,000,000 francs. We are talking about going to work on a larger surface hectáreasdistribuidas some 2,000 across the country, with farms ranging between 25 and 50 hectáreaspara the production of different products. For the success of the project will initially deliver 50% of the approved amount, and the rest will operate under the technical fighting the project.

– What are the sectors that will benefit once the project started?

“In general, the benefit will be for the whole country but mainly will benefit agriculture and farmers, as they are large farms with large production capacity. As we all know that Equatorial Guinea will soon host major events, and would be ideal if visitors could learn and test the variety of new products we can offer the market.

Of these products will also benefit domestic markets, thus slowing the importation of the same, as the first result of the farms will supply food to the population and also to promote agriculture in the country and give more experience to farmers. ”

– When you start working on the project?

“The first part began in the last couple of months, with the clearing of forest areas to create farms. These lands are distributed in different districts, provinces and cities. The province of North Bioco is in the district of Baney, on the road leading to the peak Basile. In the southern part of the island you can find others by hound and Inasa Maule latter Riaba belonging to the district. And in the mainland, which is the largest surface area of the country, will create two properties for each province. In the first Littoral Province is located in Basile, Kogo district and the second in Boet, Bata. In the province of South Central, we are of Teg-Eté, two district and one in Añisok Niefang, the latter is on the road towards Mongomo. Finally we have some in Mongomo, Ebibeying and Mikomeseng, all farms with an area of more than fifty hectares. ”

– Do you currently collaborate on this project in other sectors?

“In this project only assist the Ministry of Agriculture and DFAIT company technicians. There are many stakeholders, which is why we are receiving and analyzing various proposals for those who want to contribute to the realization of it. Our goal now is achieving success in the early stages of the project. To this end, recently made a tour around the country to sensitize farmers to become more involved in this work and to promote agricultural production, because the only income the country can not come only from the oil sector. He is also proud to Equatorial Guinea to produce and consume their own products.

Text and Photos: Mansueto Loerie Bomohagasi

Information and Press Bureau of Equatorial Guinea (DG Base Internet)

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President Obiang Seeks Support From United Nations to Boost Agriculture Development in Equatorial Guinea

December 9th , 2010 → 5:31 pm @

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As part of Equatorial Guinea’s (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) efforts to boost development of the agricultural sector in the country, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met with the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jack Diuof, and the Representative of the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea for this Organization, Crisantos Obama Ondo, to review cooperation relations between the two parties, at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Equatorial Guinea Promotes Agricultural Sector

November 22nd , 2010 → 6:38 am @

Agriculture Ministry Discusses Cooperation with China

MALABO, Nov.16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As part of Equatorial Guinea‘s (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) efforts to boost agricultural development and move the country toward an emergent economy, the government is seeking further cooperation with China. In a meeting between Gregorio Boho Camo, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, and the manager of the Chinese Embassy in Malabo, the two discussed the possibility of creating a consortium for the agricultural sector.

During the meeting, Gregorio Boho Camo highlighted how the creation of the agriculture sector consortium with China will help Equatorial Guinea reach its Horizon 2020 objectives. The possibility of re-launching cacao cultivation with the help of Chinese companies will be another way of achieving these goals.

The Ministry of Agriculture, headed by Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, disseminated information about the government’s agriculture sector objectives throughout the country. During the awareness tour for the agriculture sector, Sergio Osa Mongomo, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, talked about the activities of the MAECI program, a project focused on attaining food self-sufficiency in the country, with the purpose of achieving the goals set during the second National Economic Conference in 2007.

The tour previewed the activities Minister Nguema will carry out in the first quarter of 2011 and highlighted the importance of the agricultural associations and the promotion of coffee and cacao in the country. They also verified the state of the compliance with the repayment of loans, given by the state to various agricultural associations, as well as the distribution of seeds, fertilizers and plant health products.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa.

The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union. This has been distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. More information on this relationship is on file at the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

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Equatorial Guinea: The Green Revolution

November 11th , 2010 → 12:20 pm @

An important and special thing is happening in Equatorial Guinea.

And soon the country will reach an unprecedented level of self-sufficiency in food production, using revenue from its oil sector, because of a bold approach to revamping driven by Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Forests H.E. Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE

The initiative has come to be known as The Green Revolution, and it is borne out of a three-step assessment of the E.G.’s Food, Agriculture and Economic challenges and opportunities. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo outline the vision in 2007, establishing that by 2020 the nation would be:

“If not a full-fledged developed country, at least an emerging country. This is our dream, and I assume it to also be that of all our compatriots, as it is in the benefit of the whole population.”

Equatorial Guinea, situated in the Gulf of Guinea, is a country of 28,000 km2 with a population estimated at about 1.1 million inhabitants in 2007, projected to be around 1.23 million in 2009; and consists of several geographically distinct areas. As such, projected solutions must respect this diversity and be universally implementable, driving toward the four goals below:

  • reduce poverty through improved health, education and skills development;
  • foster environmentally friendly economic diversification including tourism,  and sustained broad-based growth;
  • develop agriculture, fishery and livestock, as the cornerstones of this diversification and lasting economic development;
  • build supporting infrastructure including information and communication technologies as well as the availability of potable water and sustainable electrical energy.

So the work has begun. You may find more detail about the specific programs that have been implemented (and are planned) by clicking here.

While the challenge is daunting and the goal is aggressive, success will mean reduced rural exodus due to increased opportunity in the country, as well as a reduction in food import and the improved living conditions and income that comes with being a more self-sufficient nation.

This is the dream of the leadership and the entire population. A dream they fully expect to see fulfilled.

Submitted by our correspondent in Houston, TX, USA

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Equatorial Guinea uses oil revenue to fuel agriculture

August 19th , 2010 → 8:39 am @

Equatorial Guinea uses oil revenue to fuel agriculture

This article has been published and distributed by www.equatorialguineaonline.com  

Equatorial Guinea has been thought of as a barren land, unable to produce it’s own food supply, and importing approximately 80% of what the country consumes.  The leadership of the country understands that this isn’t sustainable, and must come up with solutions and feed itself.

Equatorial Guinea possesses several vital ingredients that could potentially fuel growth in the agriculture sector. However, the country in no longer looking at being mere food suppliers. Instead, the expectations are that the country will drive investment in the agriculture sector, and these investors should not only seek commercial benefits from their engagements in Equatorial Guinea but also contribute toward the country’s development by way of capacity building initiatives, transfer of knowledge and technologies, and local employment generation.  Equatorial Guinea has pursued this inclusive approach, and has engaged MAECI (Management and Economics Consulting, Inc.) www.maeci.org  a United States based international consulting firm, to deliver the desired results.   

Equatorial Guinea has vast stretches of cultivable lands that can collectively become the food basket of their country and the region.   This process does not come without significant challenges.  Although the soil is fertile, it lies within dense forest.  The forest must be cleared carefully as not to disturb the very thin soil levels.  The deforestation process is a complicated process that must be completed by contractors that have experience in the region.

MAECI has played a catalytic role in initiating this agriculture project, and proving to the government that indeed food can be grown within the country, and they can in turn feed themselves, as well as create economic partnerships through path-breaking initiatives, such as agriculture.

MAECI has been engaged and supported fully by President Teodoro Obiang, and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.  The pilot project is located just outside the city of Mongomo, and calls for a 750 hectare corn & Soybean farm, including processing plants that will enable the corn & Soybeans to be processed into meal, flour, oil and animal feed. It will also enable the people in the surrounding community, to work at the farm and be trained in farming, so that one-day they can start their own farms.  These community farms will then supply the processing plants, thereby creating a micro-economy.

Phase I & II of the project called for the 750-hectare location to be cleared and 500 hectares planted.  This was no easy task.  The entire location was covered in dense forest.  The milestone has been achieved, and MAECI is now entering Phase III of the project, and harvesting over 500 hectares of Corn and Soybeans this upcoming December.

In addition, a variety of test crops were planted to determine if the land could produce such fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, water melon, egg plant and green beans to name a few.  The results were fantastic, and proved as an example of what Equatorial Guinea / MAECI Cooperation could potentially deliver.
In recent years, underpinned by sustained demand for gas and oil, as also for other products of the extractive industries, such as minerals and metals, the African region has witnessed sustained rise in economic activity.   This project has proven that agriculture can be added to this list, and will not only provide the solution for feeding a population, but will also provide a boost to their economic activity and growth. Considerable progress has been achieved from the strong commitment of the government of Equatorial Guinea, to put oil revenue to work for the betterment of its people.

By Debbie Blake

The Source, LLC.


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