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L-R : Kaolack region’s deputy governor Abdou Wahab Talla, Ambassador James Zumwalt and KASEC director El Hadj Ibrahima Niasse
September 2, 2015

“Seed quality is the backbone of agricultural productivity,” U.S. Ambassador to Senegal James P. Zumwalt said on September 2 as he joined local authorities and representatives of the agricultural sector to inaugurate a new Seed Treatment Center in Kaolack, Senegal’s breadbasket for cultivation of cereals like millet, maize and sorghum.

“Good seed makes for more resistant crops in areas with irregular rainfall,” Ambassador Zumwalt said, citing last year’s drought in the region, despite which farmers were still able to complete their harvest thanks to the hardy, drought-resistant seeds the center produced.

The already-functional facility specializes in the treatment and conditioning of high quality, “certified” cereal seeds to cover the needs of Kaolack and the surrounding regions of the Saloum.

The center can process 3,000 tons of maize, millet and sorghum per year and has nearly surpassed 2,500 tons in 2015.

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Last updated: September 02, 2015

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