Benin urges Africa to promote value addition in agricultural sector

Benin's Agriculture Minister Rufin Nan Nansounon on Monday urged African universities to introduce training programs that will promote value addition in agricultural sector.


“These training programs that are aimed at promoting value addition, especially in the cashew nuts industry, are crucial for the West African region in the creation of a pool of local experts who will help to create ideal conditions for sustainable development of cashew nuts sector in the sub-region,” he said.


Speaking in Cotonou during the opening of a training program for master trainers for promotion of value addition in Africa’s cashew nuts sector, Nan Nansounon said global economic trends require that African states adopt measures that will make them more competitive both on regional and international markets.

The minister urged states to use the necessary expertise to guarantee better performance in the agricultural sector.

“The fight against poverty will be won if we improve the income in rural areas and create good living conditions for the entire African population,” the agriculture minister concluded.

Africa produces over a million tons of cashew nuts annually. However, less than 10 percent of African produce is currently processed on the continent and only 3 percent of the global consumption takes place in Africa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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