Through the 24th edition of the International Fair of Dakar (the 24th FIDAK), the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA) has demonstrated once again, its ability to ensure its contribution to rice self-sufficiency by 2017. This means its contribution to the achievement of this target is more evident as we know that its researchers have addressed the issue very early.
Beyond the exhibition of its various rice varieties in its stand, its specialists who came from the Agricultural Research Centre of St. Louis (ISRA/CRA St. Louis) conducted a press briefing on Saturday, 19 December 2015, with the assistance of the scientific Director, Dr. El Hadji Traoré, the Director of ISRA/CRA St. Louis, Dr. Abdoul Aziz Mbaye and the Director of the Unit of information and promotion of research results (UNIVAL), Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Diop.
Dr. Amadou Abdoulaye Fall, agricultural economist and Omar Ndaw Faye, a breeder have taken the opportunity to show the findings of ISRA before the ten journalists who attended the meeting. And it was to inform them of the results and performance of the Institute in this field.
First, Dr. Amadou Abdoulaye Fall revealed that with 28,000 tonnes, ISRA has significantly exceeded the threshold of 17,000 tonnes that the Government of Senegal had set for them in terms of rice breeder seeds production. Better still, with a portfolio of diversified varieties, ISRA researchers had found varieties necessary to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2017. They are also working to address constraints related to soil salinity and requirements of end consumers who are fond of aromatic varieties.