Visit of Andris Piebalgs to Burundi: 21/02/2013
End production: 21/02/2013 First transmission: 22/02/2013
On 21 February 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, was in visit in Burundi.
Andris Piebalgs announced an €18 million new project on food security for the benefit of around 20 000 households and to treat 80 000 undernourished children in the country. He also launched a second project, worth €50 million, to provide access to sustainable energy for a million of Burundi's citizens, particularly for those living in rural areas.
During his stay, he visited a tea factory as well as the STABEX Palm Oil Project.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, at a tea factory in Mugamba (3 shots)
||Interior views of the tea factory: people working (6 shots)
||Exterior views of the tea factory (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): Burundi as a country with nine million people, with a fast growing population but with no actual other natural resources and well not well connected to the ports. So the only place of production of commodities it is tea or coffee. So it is really crucial to have competitive price and its small holders that basically produce the tea. So without investment in technology, basically you don't get competitive tea.
||Cutaway of men
||Departure of Andris Piebalgs
||Drinving shots of palm oil plantation
||Joint arrival of Andris Piebalgs and Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, at the STABEX palm oil project
||Burundian people welcoming Andris Piebalgs (2 shots)
||View of a palm oil plantation
||Andris Piebalgs and Odette Kayitesi talking with project beneficiaries (4 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): 90% of the population in the country are involved in agricultural sector, and there is not enough land, so the families are growing too fast and that means that there is a need to really to diversify economy. But as long as the access to energy is for 3.4 percent of the population it is impossible. So we end up with one of the main messages from our strategy, access to energy is a key for economies of these countries and I am glad that we will come with the 50 million now (Euro). But I believe that it should be followed up, because the land can't feed so many people. With a growing population you need also to think about other activities, but without access to energy it is impossible to sort it out. So energy is the beginning of the future development here.
||Views of a palm oil plantation (2 shots)