TERRIER-ROUGE, Nord-Est, HT (sentinel.ht) – A corn plantation spread across 1,500 acres in the North East Department was launched on Saturday through a partnership between a group of Haitian and Haitian-American entrepreneurs and a local organization of peasant farmers.
The Association of Entrepreneurs for the Development of Haitian Agriculture (GEPDAH) in partnership with the Peasant Farmers Movement (MOPAP) held a launching ceremony for their plantation, located in the Polette area of the city of Terrier-Rouge.
The group hopes to spread the cornfield across most of its 500 hectares (~1,500 acres), but will be launching with 100 hectares (~250 acres). This is according to Director General Paul Virgilien, who told VBI that they plan to increase production with market developments.
The project requires large amounts of water, “to do this, we will install pumps to feed the farm through irrigation canals; We intend to use corn residues to produce compost for other plantations,” said the project’s lead engineer, Syrien Maceno.
Residents See Hope
By all observations, the people of Polette are welcoming the project for bringing sustainable development to the area. The population of the North East had, in recent years, expressed dissatisfaction at hundreds of millions of earthquake relief that was spent on factories that never provided the work and development they had projected.
Residents say they hope to have something to eat. According to them, the locality, which was very much the talk of the world in the production of “pite”, can recover back to this level.
These Poletti, while evoking the crucial problems of their locality, are ready to collaborate with GEPDAH S.A. for the materialization of this project. The project was launched in the presence of local authorities, local organizations and members of the population.
 Le Groupement des Entrepreneurs pour le Développement de l’Agriculture d’Haïti (GEPDAH.SA)
 Le Mouvement Paysan Agricole de Polette (MOPAP)