This pavilion offered a complete overview of tropical agriculture, from scientific research to its many applications. In addition, all activities related to agriculture were presented.
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Entering from the Avenue de l'Urundi, you will find the Cold and Food industries.
On the right, the Textile group.
The Congo is a major cotton producer.
Colour slides showed the prosperity of the textile and clothing industries.
In the centre of the section, a market scene highlighted the contribution of the textile industries to the clothing of the African population.
To the left of the hall, the Tobacco group showed you that, while tobacco was a small industry, the cigarette industry was booming and employed a large indigenous workforce.
The wood industry group showed you the first stages of the rational use of the forest, whose wealth of different species is immense.
The reception area showcased the elegance of furniture made from Congolese wood. Furniture made by indigenous craftsmen was also presented. A moment of enchantment was offered: stop by the resting garden in the centre of the pavilion, which extended outside. The flora of the tropics recreated an Eden...
The group of Agriculture, Horticulture and Breeding shows you the progress of Congolese agriculture thanks to the powerful means put in place by Belgium and particularly to the scientific research that the National Institute for Agronomic Study of the Belgian Congo was carrying out without respite.
This research was also carried out in the forestry and fish farming sectors.
The agricultural applications appeared in the following order: livestock, oil plants, coffee, fruit and ornamental plants, coffee, gum plants, cocoa, various plants, fruit and ornamental plants, textile plants.
Indigenous agriculture crowned the whole as a symbol of Belgium's interest in the progress of the Congolese peasant class.
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