100 young entrepreneurs from training and agribusiness centres in Sakola and Kayes, in Mali, stayed from Friday, March 30th, 2018 to Wednesday, April 04th, 2018 at Songhai Regional Centre in Porto-Novo. During this period, they were initiated to a new way of farming, an environment friendly agriculture practices that applies authentic technologies.
From crop production and animal husbandry to renewable energies, including fish farming, agro-food processing, agroforestry and handicrafts, they covered most of the activities and no sector of activity has been left. This allowed the trainees to learn more about the techniques of production, breeding and biological plant protection, as well as the implementation of the integrated system in Songhai. For Ali Chiam, a student at the Sakola Agribusiness Training Centre in Mali, it is time for young Africans to become aware of the opportunities available to them through agriculture in Africa. Songhaï’s experience has also opened his eyes to a certain number of farming practices that respect nature and the environment and guarantee not only better production yields, but also better profit. Ali Chiam mentioned as an example, the system of mulching at Songhai which plays several roles: that of maintaining moisture in the soil to promote the action of a thousand of effective bacteria for the benefit of plants; this technique also keeps the carbon in the soil to further enrich it and limit the release of carbon dioxide into the environment. Ali Chiam will be supported by Ibrahima Dienta, from the same training centre, who stressed on the use of plastic mulch, the plastic mulch he discovered in Songhai. "At home, we do not have this technology," he says.
Now ambassadors of the Songhai Centre, those young Malian entrepreneurs have promised, at the end of their inspiration program on Wednesday April 04th, 2018, to put into practice all the knowledge received in order to address effectively the challenges that are imposed on them.
This inspiration program of a first group of 100 young Malians is part of the program of implementation of the project of setting up of training and incubation centres aligning in the Songhai values, and practices, already ongoing in Sakola and Kayes in Mali. It supports the Program of Decentralization and Reform of the Malian State (PADRE-GIZ). In this program, the Songhai Regional Centre is positioned as a partner for the training of young people to be recruited in both Centres.