Compagnie Haïtienne de Production Agricole S.A.
The company helped restore confidence and relieve farmers of secondary activities such as the processing and sale of their products. More than 5,000 farmers in the Artibonite area already recognize and appreciate the services offered by CHPA, which allows them to quickly sell their raw and wet harvest at a competitive price; save time because they no longer have to worry about the drying process nor the sale of the finished product; and quickly return to work on their land thus improving cash flow and increasing production.
The establishment of this plant has had a positive impact on the overall rice production in the Artibonite region, such as:
- An increase in rice production: CHPA guarantees farmers the purchase of their paddy. Farmers no longer have to clean the rice product or worry about the sale of the crop, and can now focus exclusively on cultivating rice.
- An improvement in the quality and quantity of the finished product: the transformation process is automated and improved, the “output” is thus more important and the finished product is of a better quality, resulting in an increase in the market share of the domestic rice.
- Valorization of the domestic rice: The marketing of a product of good quality will increase demand for our domestic rice.
- Job Creation: Over 100 to 125 new direct jobs and tens of indirect jobs have been created with the launch of the factory in L’Estère.
MissionThe CHPA’s mission is to promote and assist the development of the national agricultural sector by formalizing mutually beneficial and long lasting partnerships with producers and distributors and support the valuation and marketing of agricultural products such as Haitian rice, corn and peas, through the distribution, to the local market, of quality products at competitive prices.
VisionContribute to the economic recovery and to an increase in domestic production, through the establishment of plants for the purchase, processing and storage of grains and cereals (rice, maize and peas), close to the growing areas of these commodities; the installation of these structures / plants guaranteeing the purchase and crop processing as well as product storage and distribution.
Did you know???
- Rice is the staple food of the Haitian population. It has gradually replaced the more traditional products of Haitian agriculture in household consumption (maize, millet in particular) and now represents about 20% of staple foods consumed (local production and imports combined) against less than 10% twenty years ago.
- In the late 70s to mid 80s, Haiti imported only 19% of its food needs and produced more than 130,000 metric tons of rice per year
- Current domestic consumption of rice is estimated at 450,000 metric tons compared to what it was in 1985 (171,000 metric tons)
- Imported rice now meets 80% of domestic demand, 12% of the local demand is fulfilled by the rice produced in the Artibonite and 8% of the current demand is met by rice produced in other rice growing areas in the country and rice milling waste coming from the Dominican Republic.
- Rice accounts in volume for 34% of all food imports. For fiscal year 2009-2010, rice imports amounted to 363,905 tons (Source: AGD, 2011) and were mainly from the United States (85-90%) and Guyana.
- There are four major rice producing areas, in order of importance:
- The Artibonite Valley
- Maribahoux and Bayaha plains in the North - East
- Irrigated plains of the South
- Irrigated plains of Saint Raphael in the North
- Rice varieties most cultivated in Haiti 7 are:
- a. TCS 10
- b. The Prosequisa 4
- c. Sheila
- d. La crete
- The annual consumption of fertilizer was estimated between 25 and 30,000 MT and levels of fertilizer use in Haitian agriculture are among the lowest in the world.
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