Some 22 farmers’ cooperatives in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, affiliated to the Southwest Farmers Cooperative Union LTD SOWEFCU in Kumba, recently received chemicals projected at the tune of CFAF 493 million. From the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the enhancement of the productivity of their farms.
The chemicals or farm inputs received included fertilizers, checkup, pesticides, fungicides, mindol, insecticides, etc.
Presiding over the distribution exercise, the president of SOWEFCU, Mr Betanga Bernard Nchongayi, told the chairpersons representing the cooperatives that the farm chemicals are the government contribution to enhance their agricultural productivity and to alleviate poverty and increase the standards of living of the farmers. He further warned that farmers would be monitored and that any farmer or farmers that would sell or divert the chemicals other than for the use intended would be sanctioned.
Speaking later to this reporter, Betanga Bernard Nchongayi said that the chemicals given to the farmers is part of the government’s resolve to increase agricultural productivity while at the same time alleviating poverty among farmers.
On the selection criteria, Betanga said the beneficiary farmers are all registered with their respective farmers’ cooperatives or CIGs and their cooperatives themselves would set up their own criteria on how to distribute these chemicals to individual farmers.
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