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The President in Moramanga

Hery Rajaonarimampianina is on a business trip to the state-owned enterprise Fanalamanga

The President at Fanalamanga
The President at Fanalamanga
The head of state, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, accompanied by Herisoa Razanadrakoto, President of the Administration Council (PCA) of Fanalamanga and by Augustin Rakotonirina, Director General of Fanalamanga, carried out a business trip to the state-owned enterprise Fanalamanga, with the aim of inspecting the current production infrastructures in person, with a view to creating a future improvement programme so as to confront the markets for wood and solve the company’s current financial problems.

“This is the first state-owned enterprise that I have had the pleasure of visiting, and I can confirm that it is a large wood production company which deserves particular attention and which should serve as an example for other regions in Madagascar. I would like to see this type of factory installed nation-wide. As such, I am making a personal appeal to the entire population to carry out reforestation, to keep watch for forest fires and to respect the environment. Logging is a very worthwhile industry, as it creates added value for our economy while providing jobs for the population,” explained President Hery Rajaonarimampianina at Moramanga.

“Towards a greener future”. This is the slogan of Fanalamanga (Fanjarian’ Ala Ambatondrazaka Moramanga), an enterprise founded in 1975, which employs 650 full-time workers and 1,200 day labourers. According to the Director General, Augustin Rakotonirina, this 71,000-hectare forest exploitation site expands over three districts in the Alaotra-Mangoro region, with 68,000 usable hectares. Fanalamanga specialises in growing and cultivating pine saplings, covering 80% of the local market in Madagascar, while also exporting to foreign countries. Fanalamanga also exports other products, such as logs, planks, resin, charcoal, mushrooms, cassava, furniture and firewood.

Fanalamanga moreover has an excellent reputation for development within the Alaotra-Mangoro region when it comes to implementing socio-economic and cultural infrastructures, such as schools, combined service buildings (CSBs), improving roads and protecting the environment. After 40 years of administrative and financial difficulties, 2015 was the year in which the company began to get back on its feet.

For this business trip, the President was able to visit offices in Antsirinala, the logging factory in Analamivoatra and the plant nursery in Analameva. Addressing workers, he had words of encouragement and some advice: “We need to increase output,” he concluded.

A short history of Fanalamanga
Located in the Amaotra-Mangoro region
Founded 17 January 1975
1960-74: First planting carried out by the Madagascan government: 24,000 hectares
1975-80 Mangoro I: 35,000 hectares with the participation of IDA, BADEA, PNUD and the Madagascan government
1981-1987: Mangoro II: State disengagement and self-finance
1985-1994: Mangoro III: 20,000 hectares
1995: New focus, planting ceases and deforestation begins, finances from the World Bank and compensation from the government awarded to Fanalamanga

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