IRHAZER pastoral project officially launched by the Nigerien prime minister

January 09, 2014

On December 26, 2013, Prime Minister Briggi Raffini of Niger officially launched the IRHAZER project during a visit to the pilot site at Agharous, in the district of Tchirozerine. This pastoral development project, which was created by the signing of an agreement between AREVA and the Nigerien government in April 2013, will provide a greater degree of food security in the desert regions of the country.

The Agharous pilot site is located in the Irhazer valley, where more than 100,000 hectares of irrigable land and substantial groundwater resources are found. Work already accomplished during the first few months includes building a water storage pond and getting fencing materials and a stock of fertilizer for soil enrichment to the site.

Accompanying the prime minister on his visit were several members of the government, the governor of the Agadez region, the president of the Agadez Regional Council, the director of AREVA Mines Niger, several representatives of the Nigerien diplomatic corps, regional heads, and local leaders.

The official ceremony kicking off the project gave the prime minister the opportunity to visit the installations and also to emphasize that the project would be an important factor both in implementing the “3N” (“Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens”) initiative and in decreasing the youth unemployment rate in the region.

The governor of the Agadez region pointed out the agricultural potential of the Irhazer valley and the Tamesna plain. Noting that this project is the outcome of cooperation between the Nigerien government and AREVA, he thanked the Group for its support.