Family Farms: 267 Million FCFA For Improving Productivity
ACEFA recently handed over cheques to 34 production organisations and 36 motorbikes to trainers.
The Programme for the Improvement of Competitiveness of Family Agro-pastoral Farms, ACEFA, has given out cheques worth 267 million FCFA to 34 Common Initiative Groups (CIGS) in the Moungo and the Sanaga Maritime Divisions of Littoral Region. The programme also offered over 36 motorcycles and two pick-up vans to Agricultural Advisers. Project financing by ACEFA, a project of the Ministries of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, and Agriculture and Rural Development, is aimed at augmenting productivity, thereby improving family incomes among smallholders.
Presiding at the ceremony, the Regional Delegate of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Dr Saleu René, expressed hope that with the equipment and money, production will improve and poverty strangled. He noted that this was government’s contribution towards development and enjoined beneficiaries to use the money for what it is intended. To the Agricultural Advisers who received bikes and two pick-up vans, the Regional Delegate of Agriculture and Rural Development, Konde Jean Claude, cautioned them to ensure total security of the equipment.
ACEFA Project Coordinator, Dr Bouba Moumini, said the money will help improve production, processing, conservation and marketing, thereby increasing family and CIG income given the added value. One of the Agricultural Advisers said following up farmers was difficult, but with the motorbike, he was ready to give in his best. With the installation of an ACEFA bureau in Nkam Division, the programme is now present in all the divisions of Littoral Region. It has 260 agricultural advisers working closely with more than 50,000 farmers.