Activities of the Urgent Community Development Program (PUDC)

As part of the activities of the Urgent Community Development Program (PUDC), the President of the Republic has made an economic tour highlighting the agricultural regions of Kaolack, Kaffrine and Tambacounda from Monday October 17th to Wednesday, October 19th, 2016. This trip was both an occasion for the head of state to inquire about the status of PUDC activities as well as an opportunity to make notable announcements in favor of producers.

The agriculture sector will drive growth through the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE)

On Monday, October 17th, the President of the Republic visited the peanut and corn fields in Taïba Niassne for first leg of his tour, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck.

The head of state exchanged with Ramata Niasse and Nimna Diayité, members of the Federation of Saloum Corn Producers (FEPROMAS).

The federation has 42 networks of 2,500 members including 1082 women and 1418 men. They have 446 areas under crops, 15 hectares of peanut, more than 8 hectares of maize, 3 hectares of millet. Additionally, there is an area of rice crop scattered in the municipalities of Taïba Niassène, Paoskoto and Porokhane.

A policy to support agriculture through positive discrimination in favor of women

The President of the Republic then left Taïba Niassène, to go to Tanda Mboudaye, in the district of Koumbal, where he visited the production site of Fanding Ndiaye.

After the region of Kaolack, the President of the Republic visited Diakhao Saloum in the region Kaffrine on the 30-hectare peanut plot grouping Ndoumbé Dia Sarr. He then headed for Nawel in the farm by Serigne Mbacke Moussa, who farms 120 hectares of peanuts, 30 hectares of maize and 60 hectares of millet.

In Diakhao Saloum, the head of state made a commitment to integrate a dynamic of gender in its policy to support agriculture through positive discrimination in favor of women.

According to President Macky Sall '' Women have their place in agriculture and are well integrated ''

The president argued that the agriculture sector will drive growth in the emerging Senegal Plan (PSE) in addition to being the lifeblood of this policy framework for emerging Senegal through 2035.

Just in 2014, the government injected 147 billion CFA francs in the agricultural sector.

Accelerating the pace of achievements in favor of rural areas and development of road infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, the head of state visited Toune Mosque in the town of Kahi where he visited the in perimeters of Baye Dame Ka, the Koungheul-Maka Gouye road being developed under the Urgent Community Development Program (PUDC).

The road infrastructure, with a length of 26.3 km and a cost of 960,126,468 CFA francs, will serve the villages of Keur Ali Laobe, Keur Bara, Sinthiou Sali, Diam Diam, Koungheul Sosse, Niama Mbowène, Pakabouré, Diokoul Wadène, among others.

At Koungheul, the Head of State praised the "outstanding results" of the Urgent Community Development Program (PUDC), calling for an acceleration of the pace of achievements in favor of rural communities.

Water Supply component and additional drilling for the benefit of rural areas

Referring to the water supply component of PUDC, the President of the Republic stressed the realization of more than 150 wells. "Senegal has never worked at this pace", said the head of state, saying it must further accelerate the pace of achievements for the benefit of rural communities.

UNDP works for the government, said Macky Sall, who stressed the "need for interaction" between departments and PUDC whose success has inspired other countries, which is in honor of Senegal.

After Koungheul, the head of state continued his tour in the region of Tambacounda where he inaugurated the drilling in Sare Bamol, conducted as part of PUDC for a cost of over 236 million CFA francs.

Macky Sall assured that the difficulties of access to water will be lifted one by one and in very short deadlines through PUDC

The Head of State announced the obtaining of funding from the PRC in the amount of 50 billion CFA francs for the completion of 200 wells.

The drilling Bamol Sare, Sare Bamol, in the town of Ndoga Babacar has a capacity of 50 cubic meters. It will connect the villages of Sadio Bulu, Ndémou, Sinthiou Gorsubé, Sinthiou Smba Ndiaye, Diam Diam Ndawène and Sare Bamol.

Freedom, democracy and transparency at the heart of governance

The President of the Republic reiterated his commitment to freedom, democracy and transparency in the management of public affairs from Sare Bamol.

'' Freedoms are not threatened. They are carried under the conditions provided by law. I want to reassure all the Senegalese and the international community on Senegal's position on democracy and human rights. Freedom of information is complete in this country. "

He also emphasized its commitment to transparency by the institution-building as OFNAC and Transparency Initiative in the extractive industries (TIE).

As a reminder: the President of the Republic was first to make his declaration of assets. Today, all members of the Government have all submitted their declaration of assets and persons subject - a first in Senegal.

Official launch of the rural electrification component of the Urgent Community Development Program - PUDC

After Sare Bamol, the head of state proceeded to Dialacoro, in the town of Sinthiou Malem, to officially launch the rural electrification component of PUDC.

The town of Dialocoro has been connected to the voltage network by the installation of a transformer of 50 KVA and 2.3 km of low-voltage energy.

Located 5 km from the city of Tambacounda, the village of Dialacoro, 1500 inhabitants, was not electrified. After the installation, it is now within 100 meters of medium voltage electrical network along the national road No. 3 leading to the city Tambacounda.

Wednesday, October 19th, the head of state went to Laboya on the banana plantations of El Hadj Mamadou Oumar Sall, Chairman of GIE '' Yellitaré ndema and ngaynaaka '' (emergence of agriculture and livestock).

GIE 'Yellitaré ndema and ngaynaaka' ', member of the Regional Collective of Tambacounda producers of bananas (CORPROBAT), operates 200 hectares with a workforce of over 1,300 employees. It produces 11,000 tons of crops per year.

2.5 billion Subsidy to the producers of bananas, from January 2017

The president announced a grant of 2.5 billion for bananas, starting January 2017 to develop 500 hectares that will achieve self-sufficiency in this sector. Senegal currently produces 28,000 tonnes per year while the needs of domestic consumption is estimated at 50 000 tonnes.

Macky Sall then went to Gouloumbou to visit the producer's site '' Gouloumbou agribusiness '' (40 hectares of peanut, 26 hectares of maize, 10 hectares of rice and 3 hectares of sorghum).

He went to Medina Yara in a mechanized diversified field of 200 hectares of maize and 20 hectares of cotton of the Organization of sitawoulin producers Yéra framed by SODEFITEX.

Almost 2000 (1861 in total) machines and equipment, mainly composed of millet mills, hulling millet, peanut oil crushers and presses, will be delivered to the regions of Kaolack, Kaffrine, Tambacounda and Kédougou.

This material targets 860,000 women in 98 municipalities for at least 2,000 jobs.

The head of state stressed that the emergency Community Development Program (PUDC) must be "a model" for public projects.

The PUDC program was implemented effectively, through transparent procedures, but also in respect of scheduled delivery timetables.

The PUDC has planned more 5400 post-harvest facilities.

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