Haiti – Reconstruction : The Faculty of Agronomy, a $6M project
Friday, August 28 Patrix Sévère, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, made a follow-up visit to the site of the Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV).
“I made this visit to ensure that there will be a cohort of graduate students ready to serve their country each year,” Minister Sévère said, recalling that when he was studying at FAMV, this Unit of the State University of Haiti (UEH) had a capacity of only 35 students. The Minister was delighted to see that today the FAMV will be able to accommodate more than 500 students.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is financing the construction works to the tune of US $6 million. There are two buildings, one for teaching and the other a 63-room dormitory for students.
“The building is built according to seismic standards. It is erected on a general platform (raft) 75 centimeters thick. There is only the American Embassy in Haiti whose building is built on a general base 1m thick,” said Monique Duperval vice-president of the construction firm Expert Concept who took the opportunity to announce that the handover of work will be done in two stages. First the faculty dormitory, which will be ready by October 2020, then the classrooms in April/May 2021.
Note that this project does not include the administrative building to house the administration of the faculty and in this regard, Minister Sévère took the opportunity to appeal to donors to facilitate the construction of this administrative building.
Jocelyn Louissaint, the Dean of FAMV did not hide his satisfaction with this visit and underlined the importance of his work to reconstruct the faculty destroyed by the earthquake of January 2010, recalling “Our objective is to train engineers and agronomists in Haiti in an appropriate framework so that they can use the skills acquired and contribute to the development of the agricultural sector.”