DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

September 2, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population
The Democratic Republic of Congo is trying out a large-scale agricultural plan that is, to say the least, ambitious. The government plans to develop one mega-farm of 50,000 to 150,000 hectares per province – producing food for local consumption and also export crops. The government says the aim is to promote food security.
The park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation. The site is on a plateau, and crops already stretch as far as the eye can see.
Isaac Saleh, who works as an economist at the prime minister’s office, says they are harvesting about 3,300 hectares of that land.
Most of the production at these mega-farms will be mechanized, but there will be some 7,000 jobs created on the farm in the near future, according to the government.

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