FOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY

YAMS MULTIPLICATION

Agriculture contributes greatly to the growth and survival of our continent (Africa) as a majority of its population relies on it for their livelihood. In Cameroon, at least 90% of its population relies on farming as a source of income generation with a majority in rural poor communities, but the underlying effects of climate change is grossly affecting their proceeds and productivity. Schooling farmers on better techniques to manage this current problem improve on their production and productivity as well as manage the environment and the natural resource that surrounds them, has been one of our greatest concern. It is in this light that we have established a Non- Timber forest Product nursery site to serve as a resource and training centre for farmers in the South West Region Cameroon. It grows NTFP’s (eru, cheated nuts, cocoa, bush mango, bitter kola) using improved planting techniques such as propagation, marcotting, grafting.

This nursery has a capacity of 155 eru seedling with 1000 cuttings, 65 bitter kolar, 61 bush mangos, and 3000 cocoa plant 820 cheated nuts, 17 apples, cajanus caja, pear, njangsang and an eru demonstration site of 5m by 5m.

This year 2011, a 2days training workshop was organized to train farmer on various propagation technique on NFTP like grafting, Marcotting, Budding and Cuttings of crops like Eru, Bush mango, Biter Kola, Kola nut. The methods used in obtaining mini-sets of cassava and yams as well as multiplication of maize seeds were also touched. Practical exercises were conducted to give farmers a clear demonstration on how these techniques can be applied. This training workshop brought together 15 farmers from Muyuka, Buea, Ekona, Fontem, Ikata, Bafia and Owe in the South West Region of Cameroon.

Highlight of the training: Production of local insecticide By Mr Kengafac Grigory (participant)

Ingredients: 1 cup of grinned hot paper, 2 teaspoons of kerosene in 1 liter of water, 1 savon in 10 liters of water

Mix the above components and get a locally made insecticide which cost less and is affordable for all.”

This training was very successful and resourceful as it served as a forum to share ideas and knowledge to better improve agricultural techniques.

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