Farmers imbibe productivity booster tips

Appalled by the growing shortfall in agricultural productivity despite much trumpeted Government assistance in regard to technical and material inputs, anagri-business development company christened ‘ThinkfastBc’ has drilled farmers drawn from many locations in the Southwest Region on ways to step up agricultural outputs. This was during a seminar dubbed ‘The Farmer’s Open Season’ in Buea on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Rooted on the theme, “Increasing Agricultural Productivity in line with SDG2”, the CEO of ‘ThinkfastBc,’ Blaise Mfonto said the seminar is unique as it comes at the beginning of the farming season with aim to promote genuine agricultural revolution in Cameroon.
“Farmers face the challenges of inaccessibility to fertilizer, finance, information, technical skills and applications. We are using the financial knowhow of ‘ThinkfastBc’ to see how to propel these farmers technologically and financially,” Mfonto said.
According to him, they are not doing the job of ACEFA, but work in collaboration; while ACEFA concentrates on the legalized farmers who belong to cooperatives ‘ThinkfastBc’ concentrates on individual rural smallholder farmers who actually have the potential to put the food on the table.
Going by a Diverse Economic Operator and Business Manager at a farmer’s resource organization, Agrodyke, Dahlah Jerry one of the greatest challenges faced by farmers in Cameroon is inaccessibility to quality farm inputs. He said this explains why, they have brought modern technology in agriculture known as ‘Agrodyke multipurpose organic fertilizer’ to fight low productivity, pests, and fungi infection.
“It helps steps up the quality and the quantity of our produce that are being exported to the international market. This should in return bring in foreign earnings in our agricultural sector, which will help accompany the state in achieving economic growth and development,” Dahlah stated.
At the end of the workshop, farmers acknowledged having acquired new knowledge on how to boost their productivity. To one of the farmers, Geh Wung Patrick, from Limbe, he used to plant locally, not knowing the type of fertilizers to use; but now he knows the type of fertilizers to use and how to use them.
“I came here so that I can also improve on my own method of faming. Often, my harvest is just enough for my family but I think if my yield increases, I will be able to sell part and help myself financially,” he said.
By Nester Asonganyi

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