The young Senegalese of Dagana city located in the lower Valley of the Senegal River, is much inspired by his grandfather, farmer, his father convinced him, to engage in agriculture.
"Today, I have no regrets", launched him in this interview with the Agridigitale.
"To African youth, I say that the future is in Africa. I had the chance to travel a lot and see how today, people want to come and invest in Africa. So if anyone wants to come in Africa there's surely reason", says M.Sarr.
First of all, how is agriculture in Senegal?
A few years ago, agriculture in Senegal, was at a very good leveag. However, for 3 or 4 years, the Senegalese State, via the emergent Plan Senegal of president Macky Sall, invested heavily in the sector, to help young people to engage in agriculture in particular.
I personally took this opportunity and as quickly, I started in gardening, especially in tomato.
At the beginning, I was improvising almost everything, but today, I have become more than an expert in the field.
In addition to tomatoes, I also do rice, okra, pepper on my farms in St. Louis and Dagana.
Already, the first fallout?
The first thing is the moral satisfaction. Whenever we become aware that we get to produce and be useful to the community, it is already a source of satisfaction.
Then, our usefulness in society is more than important in so far as we sell a part of our productions in rice.
We're helping the population to go to what today is called self-sufficiency in rice and it's part of the project to the president of the Republic, Macky Sall.
In terms of concrete results, at the moment, we only have small farms and we win about 1,000,000 F.cfa.
I think that's a good thing, because it allows to be able to diversify and to take other initiatives.
Speaking of rice, what tonnage you produce?
At the last campaign, we got 10 tons. It operates a part and we sell the rest. Today, the good news is that I am also engaged in cattle to really diversify our activities.
Farmers cannot sell their productions. Is market access a problem for you?
It's true, the problem exists everywhere but most importantly, it is to know that when it starts, simply be strategist.
So one must know to use which can be sold. Me, that's what I do. When you produce something we can resell it without difficulty in the local market at 100%. In other words, we had no difficulties to resell our productions.
Can we conclude that you live on agriculture?
Yes, I live on agriculture! But let's say that it is not at present a business for me, it's more a passion. Something I do secondary but actually, it's in my projects.
What about young people who leave the country in search of a better life in the West?
To African youth, I say that the future is in Africa.
I had the chance to travel a lot and see how today, people want to come and invest in Africa. So if anyone wants to come in Africa, it's that there's a reason. II also had the chance to work in some structures where I saw how investors want to come to Africa and the projects they have for Senegal.
The youth, I would say that they don’t really most need today to leave their country.
President Senghor was saying "if we love our nation, we must be more aware of our duties as our rights and that there is a single ideology that can develop a nation, that is methodological work".
It means that we young people who have had the chance to get a little help from the State, we need to actually hire us and so seriously work to go ahead, try to go into farming because today, the real wealth is the agricultural sector.
I insist that true wealth on this earth, it is the land. What is sure, is that at the time where actually the youth unemployment is still very strong, we must now seize this opportunity and begin because it makes us independent, we get to live on our production and we get to sell.
I think, that there is nothing better than feeling useful so much already in his city and his country.
What advice to young people in your country, who want to get into Agriculture?
Personally, I would advise rice because Senegal, we consume a lot of rice and so it is safe to sell.
I think with a large plot, you can make a living and if the plot is small, it's OK as well. I would add that if we exploit a large area in a few years we're at least a millionaire.