"There is no miracle cure. Many other cotton countries around the world changed the way they cultivate, but here in Africa it has not been done enough. We have not sufficiently integrated the knowledge of agro-physiology of cotton in the way of managing culture," noted the doctor, agronomist at the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) based in France.
He believes that his recipe "is the simplest way and perhaps the cheaper even the fastest way to gain productivity".
CIRAD at the forefront of agricultural research
The French organization for agronomic research and international cooperation for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions has been developing cotton protection programs for pests for more than 40 years.
"Today, we are also evolving with the concern of an agriculture more in tune with the evolution of our environment, of the ecosystem, so we accompany the agro-ecological transition to know how to implement technical itineraries that are based more on the mobilization of ecological processes in order to respect the ecology as it is, while taking advantage of it," underlines Dr. Michel FOK.
The Center is also specialized in tropical agriculture and involved in the cotton, cocoa, oil palm, rubber and other sectors. It is present in most African countries including french speaking countries.
"All the cotton varieties currently grown in the region are the legacy of a reservoir of genetic resources set up by the Center with African colleagues and which are still exploited," he says.
CIRAD, he continues, is specifically dedicated to research for development and training which justifies its sharing of knowledge in universities in France.
Symposium on digital agriculture in Dakar
Also at the initiative of CIRAD, the 1st regional symposium "Digital Agriculture in Africa" is expected from April 28th to 30th in Dakar (Senegal) for AgriNumA 2019.
More than 100 of the academic community, industrial and civil society actors (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon) from the digital and agricultural sector will take part in this major event.
According to CIRAD, which frequently intervenes to accompany Africans in order to complete their master's or PhD studies, new technologies (sensors, smartphones, etc.), data and methods of the digital sciences (data sciences, imagery, artificial intelligence ...) can be a powerful lever for all forms of agriculture, consumption and marketing