TİKA launches agricultural, aquaculture project in Niger

NIGER – Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum has established an agricultural and aquacultural production facility in Torodi, Niger.

Built on a land of 2 hectares and equipped by the Agency, the multi-functional facility enables vegetable and fruit production and fish farming.

The project is expected to include a water well, 20 cubic meters water tank, drip irrigation systems, solar-powered lighting systems, 2000 planted moringa trees, 400 fruit trees, 4 fish ponds, and a feed/fertilizer storage.

The opening ceremony of the project was attended by İrfan Pamuk, TİKA’s Niamey Coordinator; Taha Ayhan, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF); Khadidjah Diallo, Director-General of the High Authority for Waqf (WAQF); and Souleymane Issa, Deputy Mayor of Torodi.

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The project aims to provide employment opportunities to 200 young people and women, and to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism by helping them participate in production activities, since terrorist incidents have increased in the region recently.

Last month, the Turkish cooperation built a modern poultry farm with a total floor space of 198 sq. meters in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

The poultry farm equipped with modern equipment, feed units, vaccines has a holding capacity of 1200 ATAK-S layer chicks.

The initiative is part of the “Project for Developing Layer Poultry Farming in Somalia,” implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, and Zamzam University.

Assoc. Prof. Serdar Kamanlı from the Directorate of Poultry Research Institute in Ankara trained Somali academics and specialists at Zamzam University in order to share Turkey’s knowledge of poultry farming.

After the training, the farm was put into service with the participation of Turkish and Somali officials.

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The project is aimed to provide food and employment opportunities for the growing population in Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, and to create new sectors in the country.

Meanwhile in Kenya, TİKA recently provided technical equipment to improve the honey analysis capacity of the National Beekeeping Institute of Kenya.

The equipment provided include a nitrogen generator for the analysis of antibiotic residues in honey, devices measuring water and sugar content in honey, and laptop computers, printers, and projectors to be used for training and reporting purposes.

The Institute, which was unable to measure and report the amount of antibiotic residue in honey due to lack of equipment, now has access to the infrastructure needed to test honey by measuring and reporting different parameters, using the equipment provided.

This will ensure the quality of honey availed in the country meets the required quality standards.

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