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Rural area key to sustainable development in Madagascar

Published on August 09, 2016

Rural area is key to sustainable development in Madagascar, local authorities said when they opened the 18th edition of the International Fair for Rural Economy of Madagascar on Wednesday.

"Malagasy farmers’ products are not only for their consumption but also for the international market, which needs training for the quality of their products," Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Rivo Rakotovao said in his opening speech.

"We’ll do our best effort to let Madagascar independent in food, especially in rice," the minister said, adding that his department will professionalize farmers to respect standards in international markets.

The fair is an annual exchange platform between agriculture, livestock, fishing and handicraft producers from the 22 regions of Madagascar; public and private service providers for rural development as well as technical and financial partners for the promotion of rural activities. Read more. Source | Coast Week