Abdel Karim Konaté, CEO of the Office du Niger © DR
The Office du Niger achieved a turnover of 7.6 billion CFA francs (about 13.6 million USD) in 2020, compared to 7.5 billion in 2019.
According to its CEO Abdel Karim Konaté, who presented the figures on August 10, 2021 on the sidelines of an ordinary session of the board of directors, the provisional assessment of the 2020-2021 campaign shows a production of 837,136.72 tonnes of rice. paddy, 326,299 tonnes of market garden products and 71,950 tonnes of diversification products. Regarding the current 2021-2022 agricultural campaign, he set out the production objectives: 903,537.55 tonnes of paddy rice, 396,332.34 tonnes of market garden products and 116,361 tonnes of diversification products.
“In order to relieve producers who are victims of insecurity, the Office has granted them special relief on 2,050.57 ha, in lockers and out-of-lockers with a shortfall in water tax of 115,042,315 F CFA, ie a total reduction of 5,271.67 ha for a shortfall in water tax of 303,157,002 F CFA ”, declared Abdel Karim Konaté.
However, the Office du Niger has authorized the development, on an exceptional basis, of 45,000 ha in the off-season, including 15,000 ha of rice, 15,000 ha of market gardening and 15,000 ha of sugar cane.
Note that the board of directors announced that advisory support to operators could be provided despite movement restrictions due to insecurity. Better still, the management efforts made have led to a reduction of nearly 30% in the main positions, specifies the CEO in office since January 2020.