MINADER to repopulate Bakassi with 500 farmers

A campaign to repopulate the Bakassi Peninsula by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, MINADER has been launched in Buea.
MINADER aims at doing this through a special mini-programme that will trigger economic boom by developing agricultural activities in the area.
Officially launching the programme to select young farmers to be installed or reinstalled in the Bakassi Peninsula on Thursday, May 24, the Technical Adviser No 1 at MINADER, Enang James Enang, said the selected 500 young farmers are going to be given minimum packages to start with. He said they will not come empty handed but will benefit from well-equipped houses ranging from beds, mattresses, kitchen utensils, palour equipment and many more.
“We want to put these youths in the best possible environment so that they can efficiently and effectively carry out agricultural practices,” Enang said.
He added that the age bracket as at now is below 40 years but that when the application files would be collected, the commission that would be put in place might look at all the peculiarities; if there are some applicants who are above the age bracket but fulfill many of the other criteria, the commission might consider.
About the types of crops these young farmers would be cultivating in the Peninsula, the Technical Adviser said: “We have identified seven crops that are suitable in that area. For cash crops we have identified oil palm, cocoa and rubber; for food crops we have identified watermelon, okra, egussi and cassava. Probably when we finish the soil suitability test which we are about to carry out, we might come up with new crops that are more suitable in the area. Again, our objective is to get those youth to carry out agriculture and make money.”
To Dr. Mohamadou, Inspector General of Regional Services at the Southwest Governor’s Office, the importance of Bakassi cannot be overemphasized in the life of Cameroon, which is why Government has put in place many projects among which is a special mini-programme for 500 young farmers. He said that the Government has already provided more than 3,000 hectares of land for the exercise in order to permit the youth boost the sector of agriculture.
It should be noted that MINADER is offering the opportunity to 500 young Cameroonians of both sexes wishing to settle or resettle in the Bakassi Peninsula, Ndian Division of the Southwest Region to carry out agricultural production activities. Of the 500 young farmers; 250 new yoor market gardening. Applications should be submitted to the Regional, Divisional, and Sub-Divisional Delegations of MINADER oung farmers would be recruited throughout the national territory; 200 young farmers/farm families residing in the area; 50 fishermen/women fr at the nearest Agricultural Posts not later than June 30, 2018.
By Nester Asonganyi

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