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27 July 2016

Batcham Farmers Adopt New Strategies Of Regenerating Agroforestry Tree Species

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Batcham Farmers Adopt New Strategies Of Regenerating Agroforestry Tree Species

Famers in Batcham village of the Bamboutos Division have adopted a new measure of regenerating agrofrestry tree species like Acacia and Luceana in their farms other than nursing and transplanting.

This initiative involves cutting stems of some mature Luceana and Acacia trees to about 5 to 10 Centimeter and planting them in their farms.

The adoption of this species during this year’s planting season, according to most farming groups, was due to limited supply of the agroforestry seedlings relative to their farm sizes. The farmers have also come to understand the importance of these species to livestock and in increasing soil fertility.

“When Trees Cameroon Technician told us about the benefits of these trees a few years ago, we saw it as a joke but today, the difference is clear. They have not only improved our soil fertility but have also served as natural pesticides in the soil and food for our goats and pigs” the farmers confessed.

Trees Cameroon Coordinator for Littoral and West was very motivated by the initiatives taken by the farmers. She confirmed that there was shortage in the supply of agroforestry species in her regions of operation.

“The target number of trees that we were supposed to plant with the farmers this year was 3.5 millions. West and Littoral Regions had just about 1 million trees, which was indeed insufficient for the 17 farming groups and their members in these two regions” Trees Cameroon Coordinated attested.

She disclosed that Trees Cameroon, beside the distribution of the agroforestry tree species, has also engaged the farmers in the establishment of forest gardens using grafted fruit trees and medicinal plants.

By Chamdjou Junie