From his university studies, Narcisse AMAN dreamed of becoming an agricultural entrepreneur. As Agricultural Engineering Engineer with a diploma of the Felix Houphouet-Boigny National Polytechnic Institute (INPHB) of Yamoussoukro, he continued to secretly feed his dream despite his position as Head of the Exploitation Unit in an agricultural company.
His dream became a reality when he adopted the Stem Fragment Plant Technique (PIF) imported from Cameroon, during a training program funded by the Agricultural Productivity Program in West Africa (PPAAO / WAAPP) Cote d’Ivoire in 2014.
Following this training and after 3 years of service, Narcisse AMAN chose to resign from his post of Head of the Exploitation Unit to practice plantain nursery full-time, producing plantain vivo plants of plantain.
AMAN testifies to his beginnings in the activity “I started the production of vivo plants with three hotbeds for an investment cost of 50 000 FCFA (100 $ US) which enabled the production of 25 000 plants. The first year was difficult because I did not have significant financial resources. Nevertheless, these plants were easily marketed thanks to the partnership agreement between the network of plantain nurseries and the Coffee-Cocoa Council as part of the renewal of the cocoa orchard”.
This first contract allowed Narcisse AMAN to leave the informal sector by creating a legal entity called “CANAAN Agriculture”, of which he acts as Director. This company employs 35 people including 7 permanent workers and produces an average of 250,000 plants per year, marketed to a national and sub regional clientele.
Met on one of his production sites in Anekouadiokro in eastern Côte d’Ivoire about 200 km from Abidjan, this young agricultural entrepreneur contributes to the training of young graduates from agricultural schools. As such, he has already trained a total of 11 from 3 generations.
With regards of the work done in the agricultural sector, AMAN Narcisse received the 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award in Côte d’Ivoire.
Now 32, AMAN Narcisse has made of diversification his credo for success. In addition to the production of plantain vivoplants, he specialized in the creation of plantations for individuals, the production of plantain in the off-season and recently in the processing of plantain into compound foodstuff for children and adults.
Let’s recall that WAAPP / PPAAO, financed with a World Bank grant contracted by the State of Côte d’Ivoire, was coordinated by the Interprofessional Fund for Research and Agricultural Council (FIRCA) over the period 2011-2016. This program enabled the introduction of 40 agricultural technologies that have increased farm productivity and improved beneficiary incomes in plantain, cassava, yams, maize, rice, traditional poultry and pork.
Communication Officer at FIRCA.