He grows rice, mahogany and palm oil. Graduated from universities and specialist of finance, Toure has innovated by associating his plantations to business.
A system that he set up from scratch in his community in the South of the country and it really works for him.
He helps farmers to have a farm and have the funding to launch the campaign or to buy seeds.
In return, these beneficiaries pay back with bags of rice that women recover for sale to the market. Finally, it is a whole chain of value profitable for everyone.
His unique dream, extend this project, to a national program for any Guinea.
Agridigitale met Toure Daman and here is his story.
Accountant to the Presidency and farmer?
Agriculture is a passion for me. My productions primarily are intended for family consumption.
I'm with rice and palm oil. This year, I started with cashew nuts. In my native village (South of the country), I have areas of almost 30 hectares.
The first year, I grew 9 hectares. But now, I did not do as much.
I associate it with the business. I have machinery that we rent to producers of rice to harvest, we receive the consideration in bags of rice. And everyone wins!
In addition to the rental of farm machinery, we also loan to some producers who do not have the means at the beginning of the campaign and then at the end, we get the refund in bags of rice.
The farmer does not pay me with a percentage, but just the equivalent of my money in bags of rice. We also help them to find a field to cultivate.
Easily, I get bags of rice and I did not need to cultivate. All of these things make me a lot of bags of rice and help me a lot.
So, what happens to bags of rice collected from farmers?
I am born in a community where helping others is more than an imperative. I especially help women with bags of rice.
They sell these bags and I recoup my investment.
Already, your initiative benefits 20 producers in your area, do you intend to expand it?
Yes of course! Today, I am ready to go and talk with the Government if we can extend it throughout the country.
I dream of a national project for the Guinea.
My challenge is that any Guinean who can't seem to grow today, we must put in place mechanisms to encourage everyone to invest in land.
What advice to the young Guineans?
To a Guinean youth wishing to do agriculture, I would advice the culture of rice because it is the most eaten food in Guinea.
When you do the rice, you don't lose, you always win.
Also, palm oil works in Guinea. It should, however, warn that it does nothing to invest big in the first year without any prior feasibility study or without having experience.
It is important to go step by step because it is not possible to recover all of the investment in the first year.
If they want to invest a lot in rice, for example, and in the same year having a lot of money, this is not possible.
Young people must also learn to work with those who already have experience and learn much from them.
What would you say to an investor who is tempted by Guinea?
Firstly, in Guinea, all the land is fertile. In addition to the agricultural sector, there is also the mines.
As we talk about agriculture, investors can invest in rice and they will have their full account.
Rice is the most consumed food and the demand is high. You invest in the rice, it's that you win big! They will never regret their investment.