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    A boost for Niger's agricultural outlook with the opening of new college in Niamey last week.

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    A boost for Niger's agricultural outlook with the opening of new college in Niamey last week. National Assembly President Boubou Hama and several ministers were at the opening ceremony of the new college, which will teach the latest techniques of cattle production and management to an initial intake of 90 students. West German and French Ambassadors were also there to see the new buildings, which were financed through the European Development Fund.

    SYNOPSIS: Niger's National Assembly President, M. Boubou Hama, and a high level government delegation, last week attended the opening of a new college in Niamey. Students from the college are destined to improve cattle production in Niger and associated countries. Foreign Affairs Minister Maidi Mamadou and Rural Economy Minister Noma Kaka were also at the opening.

    The college was built at a cost of 185 million CFA francs, with Niger contributing 20 million. The first batch of students actually began their studies two months ago. The 90 students are divided into two streams; the lower stream, drawn from the fifth grade of Niger's schools, aims to produce technical agents to work within the country; the upper stream, leading to a diploma in cattle management, is open to students from neighbouring countries associated with Niger.

    Among the guests shown round the college were the Ambassadors of France and West Germany. They were representing the European Development Fund, which financed the building of the college.

    It's intended that the college should raise cattle management skills to new levels, not only in Niger itself, but throughout the region.

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