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RITA

La Reunion

Guadeloupe

Martinique

Mayotte

French Guiana

Research centers or research group

Innovation and Agricultural Technology Transfer Network

The Innovation and Agricultural Technology Transfer Networks (RITA) were
set up in late 2011 on the request of the Overseas Inter-Ministerial Council
(CIOM) in 2009. RITA seeks to boost the local development of diversified
animal and plant production in the French overseas departments (DOM).

The networks include stakeholders involved in the DOM Research-Training-
Development project with the aim of co-constructing and conducting
research and development, experiments, demonstrations and transfer
activities to meet locally expressed needs of the farming community.

Contact

Guillaume INSA  | RITA Regional Horticultural network coordinator
  • Activities and services provided

    RITA in practice

    • Organisation of participants : experiment centres, operations, technicians, network partners, R&D bodies
    • Testing solutions
    • Transfer (training, teaching)
    • Needs on the ground
    • Delivering initiatives
    • Identifying solutions

    For the sugar-cane sector : RITA, together with eRcane, organises initiatives in four working groups :

    • organic fertilisers using residual fertiliser subtances
    • and by sub-dividing fertilisation
      Weed-control by developing pre-emergent treatments ;
    • sugar cane irrigation ;
    • planting and mechanisation.

    For horticultural sector : RITA caters for various crops except sugar cane.
    It includes eight operational groups working on the following themes :

    • Monitoring and diagnosis of bioagressors and auxiliary insects
    • Development of crop management varieties and techniques
    • Design of innovative crop systems

    These first three groups are coordinated by the plant health and agroecological production combined technological unit for the tropical environment (Cirad, Armelfhor, Fdgdon and Anses).
    -Pollination
    -Endemic species for agricultural use
    -Reference networks to diversify plant production
    -Formal approval of minor uses
    -Skills transfer and training (organised by the Chamber of Agriculture and the DAAF training department)

    For the livestock sector : RITA, together with the FRCA unit, focuses on two main subjects : health and fodder. The health subject area comprises five initiatives

    -limiting salmonella contamination risks in poultry farming
    -improving water quality used in livestock farming
    – introducing an epidemio-surveillance network
    -improving animal welfare by limiting risks from the “bavites” virus and hemoparasites
    -cutting calve mortality rates and improving the cow fertility

  • Main collaborations

    National : MAA, MOM, ODEADOM, ACTA, CIRAD, APCA, INRA

    Regional : FRCA; CPCS; Qualitropic ;FDGDON; GDS Réunion;
    local participants in agricultural development (Chamber of
    Agriculture; UHPR; GAB; ARIFEL ;ARP; SICA REVIA; ANSES
    AROPFL ;AVIPOLE; ERCANE ;URCOOPA;VIVEA; SICALAIT;
    EPL St-Paul ;Tereos; organisations of producers, interprofessional bodies)

  • BOARD STRUCTURE

    The CPR (Regional Steering Committee) is the regional network supervisory body. The CPR co-chaired by the French government and the managing authority.

    In Reunion, ex-officio members include the DAAF
    the Departmental Council (managing authority) the
    Regional Council the Chamber of Agriculture and
    the FRCA (for livestock) l’AROP-FL (for horticulture)
    the CPCS (for sugar cane).

RITA in practice

  • Organisation of participants : experiment centres, operations, technicians, network partners, R&D bodies
  • Testing solutions
  • Transfer (training, teaching)
  • Needs on the ground
  • Delivering initiatives
  • Identifying solutions

For the sugar-cane sector : RITA, together with eRcane, organises initiatives in four working groups :

  • organic fertilisers using residual fertiliser subtances
  • and by sub-dividing fertilisation
    Weed-control by developing pre-emergent treatments ;
  • sugar cane irrigation ;
  • planting and mechanisation.

For horticultural sector : RITA caters for various crops except sugar cane.
It includes eight operational groups working on the following themes :

  • Monitoring and diagnosis of bioagressors and auxiliary insects
  • Development of crop management varieties and techniques
  • Design of innovative crop systems

These first three groups are coordinated by the plant health and agroecological production combined technological unit for the tropical environment (Cirad, Armelfhor, Fdgdon and Anses).
-Pollination
-Endemic species for agricultural use
-Reference networks to diversify plant production
-Formal approval of minor uses
-Skills transfer and training (organised by the Chamber of Agriculture and the DAAF training department)

For the livestock sector : RITA, together with the FRCA unit, focuses on two main subjects : health and fodder. The health subject area comprises five initiatives

-limiting salmonella contamination risks in poultry farming
-improving water quality used in livestock farming
– introducing an epidemio-surveillance network
-improving animal welfare by limiting risks from the “bavites” virus and hemoparasites
-cutting calve mortality rates and improving the cow fertility

National : MAA, MOM, ODEADOM, ACTA, CIRAD, APCA, INRA

Regional : FRCA; CPCS; Qualitropic ;FDGDON; GDS Réunion;
local participants in agricultural development (Chamber of
Agriculture; UHPR; GAB; ARIFEL ;ARP; SICA REVIA; ANSES
AROPFL ;AVIPOLE; ERCANE ;URCOOPA;VIVEA; SICALAIT;
EPL St-Paul ;Tereos; organisations of producers, interprofessional bodies)

The CPR (Regional Steering Committee) is the regional network supervisory body. The CPR co-chaired by the French government and the managing authority.

In Reunion, ex-officio members include the DAAF
the Departmental Council (managing authority) the
Regional Council the Chamber of Agriculture and
the FRCA (for livestock) l’AROP-FL (for horticulture)
the CPCS (for sugar cane).