President Moise handed over 40 rice mills and 29 motorcycles to 40 randomly selected farmers in the Artibonite Valley

Posted by on Saturday, January 20, 2018 Under: Agriculture

Haitian President Jovenel Moise, yesterday handed over 40 rice mills and 29 motorcycles to a randomly selected group of rice producers in the Artibonite Valley. Haiti’s largest rice producing region. These new mills replaced many old ones which were in usage for decades.

The 40 lucky farmers were randomly selected among a group of 253. 

The Senator of the Artibonite Valley, and former President of the Haitian Senate, Youri Latortue, applauded the initiative of President Moise to support the farmers and rice producers in the Artibonite Valley region.

The distribution of these long needed materials is part of the Caravan of Change initiated by the President, an ambitious project with the aim of rehabilitating Haiti’s agricultural infrastructures and arable lands.

Due to lack of modern infrastructures, such as the mills the President provided, some 30% of rice harvested in the Artibonite Valley is lost every year.

Each mill costs more than $13.000 and has the capacity to process between 800 and 1.200 kg of rice.

These mills are not a gift of the President. Each benefactor has three years to reimburse a cooperative that was put in place to support farmers of the region.

The President reiterated his commitment to do everything he can do to modernize Haiti’s agriculture and reduce Haiti’s food importation. Such as rice, which the country currently imports more than 400.000 tons from United States annually.

This article was updated to reflect the correct numbers of motorcycles distributed. Previous one mistakenly said 40.

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