Economy - Although Guinea has what it takes to be a major exporter of grains, it imports about 25% of the rice it consumes every year, representing 300,000 tons valued at tens of millions
of dollars, according to Sekou Sangare, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Sangara told PANA, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) held on Friday and Saturday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, that only 26% of the country's arable land,
estimated at 6.2 million hectares, is currently being utilised.
He said the agricultural sector remains in disarray, despite measures by the government, and listed such measures as the Letter of Agricultural Development (LDA, 1991-1998), the Agricultural Policy Letter (APL, 1998-2005), the New Agricultural Development Policy (NADP) and Vision 2015.
President Alpha Condé stated said Friday, in his opening remarks at the forum, that Guinea could position itself as the breadbasket of West Africa.
He however acknowledged that even if measures were taken to achieve this goal, much remains to be done to sustain it.