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Transcending Production Hurdles

“Gov’t Should Give Subvention To Increase Fish Production”

 Chief Njoke Johnson Njombe, Ruler of Wokaka and a fish farmer.

“In my fish farm in Wokaka Village I grow two types of fishes which are fish. The tilapia produces in large quanti the catfish and the tilapia ty if they are well fed. One tilapia can produce up to 3000 fish at a go while for the catfish, we only buy the fingerlings and fatten. Between six and eight months, we now sell them. We have a production capacity of 10.000 kilograms of fish annually. We mostly market the tilapia locally while the catfish are bought by people who come from Yaoundé. I have two permanent workers who assist me. We interact fishing with pigs and goats so workers from that sector also assist us. We hear about subvention given to cocoa, coffee farmers and so on but nothing is given to us the fish farmers. The government should give subvention to fish farmers to produce enough fish for Cameroonians. I am into fish production for sixteen years and it is encouraging.”

“UNVDA Has Equipment To Develop More Rice Farms”

Eric Akongnui Andangfung, General Manager, UNVDA.

“The agro-industry is moving away from too much administration into field work with staff getting set to get involved in farming activities because many of our partner farmers are not knowledgeable in the application of modern irrigation techniques, which is crucial for rice production. UNVDA has the required equipment linked to land development and we will thus, develop more parcels of the available 15,000 hectares of land. This is innovative to enable us secure rice production ourselves before buying and without getting into any conflict with farmers. Another motivation is the fact that, we have revamped or rehabilitated all our civil engineering equipment and tractors, some of which have been down for about six years. We have equally programmed to revamp farmer cooperative societies and the empowerment of their members through seminars. We have programmed to deploy extension workers to help guide the farmers on the proper methods of rice cultivation. We are convinced that the proper coaching of our farmers is crucial to enhance production. All of this is not without challenges. Land development requires a lot of resources which we lack. But we are into the sourcing of funding from international partners to help develop the rest of the fields. That will provide the possibility to implement two cropping seasons by planting in March to harvest in July, plant again in July and harvest in November, especially in farms where water is not a problem.”

« Des extensions de nos espaces cultivables sont prévues »

Marc Samantana, directeur général de la Société d’expansion et de modernisation de la riziculture de Yagoua.

« Le gouvernement a un regard particulier sur la SEMRY. Des extensions de nos espaces cultivables sont prévues. La production sera améliorée parce que les périmètres actuels seront aussi réhabilités. Surtout, l’Etat va mettre l’accent sur le problème épineux de la disponibilité de l’engrais. Toutes ces actions mises ensemble concourent en principe à booster la production de la SEMRY. Nos produits sont de première nécessité, c’est pourquoi nous comptons davantage bien ficeler nos propositions à l’endroit du gouvernement pour que nos besoins soient prioritaires afin de continuer à recevoir des subventions. Concernant la situation de crise alimentaire qui défraie la chronique, la SEMRY compte apporter une forte contribution pour résoudre le problème de la famine en produisant du riz en quantité. Et l’avantage que nous autres avons, c’est que nous ne dépendons pas directement de la pluviométrie, puisque nous irriguons nos plantations, tant qu’il pleut dans l’Adamaoua, nous aurons toujours de l’eau pour nos plantations, parce que nous n’ignorons pas que la baisse de la production agricole dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord est tributaire des caprices de la météo. Or pour la SEMRY, tant que Ngaoundéré a de l’eau, nous n’en manquerons pas pour nos parcelles cultivables ».

 

 

 

 

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