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Friday, February 2, 2018

Agricultural Fair 2018. 2

gli orti di Bozoum
les jardins potagers de Bozoum

Agricultural Fair 2018.  2
This year since the beginning of the Bozoum Fair, 14 years ago, for the first time the Bozoum Agricultural Fair did last three days instead of the usual two.
The opening day it was Friday January 25th while Saturday 26th was dedicated to special visits. While the fair was going on normally, with the exhibition, sales and trade, the three Ministers of the Government and other guests went to visit the rice fields and vegetable gardens.
Saturday morning I guided everyone to the Center Rizicole Bohoro: a center created in the ‘70s by the Chinese, which is kind of model for the rice fields. The rice, unlike other products, has a fairly high price (around 60 euro cents a kilo). Moreover, thanks to the fact that some Organizations buy the rice in large quantities, the farmers decided for a larger production. Compared to 2016, from the 12 hectares of early stage of cultivation we reached now 32 cultivated hectares. As well for the yield: from the past 35 tons to today 192 tons, with the result of an improvement from 2.91 tons per hectare to the actual 6 tons.
Saturday afternoon is the time of the visit to the vegetable gardens of Bozoum: a dozen families and small cooperatives grow salad, tomatoes, onions, peppers, spinach, potatoes and much more for consumption and sale. Visiting these gardens is always exciting: it is a joy for the eyes, and for the heart!
On Sunday, after the celebration of the Masses, we go back to the Fair: sales are proceeding well, and the students of our “St Augustin” High School are busy to help exhibitors getting ready with the cards showing the achievement of their sales. In the meantime everything is ready for the award ceremony, which starts at 11am. It is a long awaited moment: the best vegetable gardens and the best exhibitors of the fair are rewarded. There is a lot of suspense, and it is nice to see that among the winners there are many who came from far away and a good number of women. A small but well deserved recognition of the fatigue and sweat of so many people. In the evening the closing of the Fair, though the sales go on until Monday. And the result of all this great effort is very encouraging: the cooperatives have achieved an income of over 60,000,000 CFA francs (over 91,500 Euros; 114,000 USD). And already on Monday evening, thanks to the exceptional work of Maurizio Dischino and Francesco, the Bozoum Fair was broadcast in Italy on TV2000. Here is the TV Report:

Visita alle risaie
Visite au Centre Rizicole

Foto con il Ministro dell'Agricoltura e il Ministro dell'Allevamento
La photo avec les Ministres de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage

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  1. Dear Fr. Aurelio;
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