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Agroecology: SAILD initiates young people in the Ndé region

On March 19, 2024, the Support Service for Local Development Initiatives(SAILD) organized a training seminar on maggot production in the Njamga district of Bangoulap, Bangangté commune, Ndé department, West Cameroon region. The workshop was held within the framework of the German Cooperation’s “Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in Africa” project, which aims to bring agroecological knowledge to rural populations.

On March 19, 2024, in the courtyard of the Njamga public school, some twenty people were trained in the production of maggots to feed chickens and fish. Students, parents and teachers invited to the training seminar were attentively following the lessons given by Hyacinthe Mbatchou Nana, in front of multiplier-trainers. Indeed, they lent themselves to the game by providing him with the ingredients essential for maggot growth, including decomposed chicken eggs. Beyond that, they participated in a practical way in maggot production. They also benefited from a module on certain agroecology practices, notably the benefits of organic fertilizers.

It was a great experience for most, especially for the little ones, who came away with a lot more knowledge. “I liked it. I didn’t know that maggots were produced. I learned that you have to mix rice bran with rotten eggs. You can also use leftover fish, ripe bananas or dead mice,” reveals Emma Kambou, a pupil in First-year middle school (CM1).

The training was also an added bonus for the teachers. “We learned a lot, I think everyone benefited greatly from this training. My children were very happy. From now on, I’ll be talking to them about agroecology and the benefits of using organic fertilizer, for example, so that they can practise and share with their parents” Linda Njiki, teacher in the second year of elementary school (CE2).

The Director of the Njamga public school expressed his gratitude for the training. “We thank SAILD for this initiative. As soon as you leave, we’ll be experimenting in our educational school garden. The pupils will be obliged to apply the manufacture of organic fertilizer to the maize we produce daily. We’re asking the trainers to come back with other agro-ecological themes, because today we’ve seen what we don’t know”, was Edie Carlès Tchanja‘s words.

The agroecological system has thus been planted in Njamga. All that remains now is to raise farmers’ awareness so as to obtain excellent fruit in the years to come.

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