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East Cameroon: SAILD trains farmers in fruit tree nurseries production

Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom 1: these are the three villages in the Lom-et-Djerem department, East Cameroon region, where SAILD has introduced farmers to fruit tree nursery production.

The beneficiaries are the populations of the Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom 1 villages, and farmers who have abandoned their fields in the Deng Deng National Park (PNDD). From December 07 to 17, 2023, they were trained to set up a fruit tree nursery by Aristide Tchounkeu, an agricultural engineer working for SAILD. Topics covered by the trainer included the ecological and economic benefits of producing fruit tree seedlings, the choice of production site, the choice of seed, the choice of soil to use for potting, the importance and role of the shade canopy, cleaning the weeds and monitoring the seedlings through watering. It was a very rewarding discussion, which ended with a question-and-answer session to provide participants with additional information.

4500 fruit trees in sight

In addition to the theoretical sessions, the beneficiaries put into practice what they had learned under the supervision of the trainer. The aim was to set up three fruit tree nurseries. It all began with the choice of site made by all the beneficiaries on the basis of safety, proximity to an inexhaustible water source and human habitation. Then it was time to build the shade. The beneficiaries opted for a solid site made from stakes, bamboo and palm leaves, which they would use for several years. A 24-square-meter shadehouse was therefore built in each of the villages Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom1.

After several days’ work, the beneficiaries succeeded in setting up three fruit tree nurseries (tangerine/orange) with 4,500 plants in the three villages. However, to ensure the success of these plants, two managers were appointed in each village. Their job is to water in the morning and evening, clean the site and communicate with the agricultural manager on the progress of the nursery and any difficulties encountered.

This action by the Support Service for Local Development Initiatives (SAILD) is part of the Optimization of Deng Deng National Park through Capacity Building of Local Communities on Agroecological Practices project financed by IUCN through the BIOPAMA action fund.

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