FCFA 40 million Equipment To Mechanise Agriculture

Secretary of State in the Ministry of Mines, Industries and Technological Development, Dr Fuh Calis

T he Frontier Agro-Industrial  Programme (FAINAP),  conceived and launched  to advance the industrialization of Donga Mantung Division  has taken root. Project area inhabitants jumped for joy recently  when the Secretary of State in the  Ministry of Mines, industries and  Technological Development, Dr.  Fuh Calistus Gentry who doubles  as the Founder/President of FAINAP offered huge equipment to  advance project activities. It was  time for farmers to start counting  blessings with the offer of the  equipment worth about FCFA 40  million. In effect, Dr Fuh Calistus  Gentry was in Nkambe with four  motorcycles and a multi- planter  tractor to take industrialization  forward in the very agricultural  productive basins of Donga Mantung Division. It was a moment  for farmers to sing and dance  with the FAINAP Programme as  a blessing that has come to stay. The visiting Secretary of State,  inspired the population to embrace the programme which is a  corridor towards development.  The motorcycles will facilitate the  movement of farmer representatives to demonstration farms  for proper follow up of activities.  It emerged from an evaluation  meeting during the Nkambe event  that the fruits of the programme  are already visible. Some farmers  were on record with amazing positive yields to show for maize  seedlings imported from South  Africa. It is all about a double in  tonnage of maize harvested.  Impressed by the enthusiasm  and the promising project, the  Secretary of State, Dr. Fuh Calistus  Gentry announced the imminent  construction of a warehouse in the  neighbourhood of Nguu village  with the World Bank standing by  the project. He revealed that on  completion farmers will not stress  to exchange corn for money onthe-spot. Beneficiary farmers will  in the future equally be served  seeds and fertilizers to increase  production and productivity. FAINAP  Programme will also enhance cattle  production while an imminent  Agropole project sponsored by  MINEPAT will equally help matters to boost poultry and cattle  activities with a feed processing  Unit. It was also reported that  recently distributed palm seedlings  in Ako, Misaje and Mbaw plains  are doing well. FAINAP, the poverty alleviation programmme for  Donga Mantung Division sources  funding, encourages production  and lobbies for the marketing of  produce from the coverage area.

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