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Food sovereignty campaign : 620 000 signatures for direct subsidies to farmers
The Citizens Association for the Defence of Collective Interest (ACDIC) says it has collected 620.000 signatures to back its demand for the state to give subsidies directly to farmers after four months of intensive campaigns that took its members to all the nooks and crannies of the country and even abroad.
 Technical Slip
10-10-06 - Banana/plantain : How to manage pests and diseases
Pests are living organisms that cause damage to crops, domestic animals or affect human health.

10-10-06 - Common pests of bananas and plantains
1. Borer weevils Types and external structure All insects have 6 legs. These borer weevils are insects with long mouths like a needle. Three types of weevils have been found on banana/plantain farms in Cameroon.

10-10-06 - Nematodes : 2. Types and external structure
Nematodes are very small worms, which can only be seen using special techniques and an instrument called microscope.

11-08-06 - Ku-Bome Fish station : Operating at “less than 5 %” its capacity
The Ku-Bome Fish station in Mbengwi, one of the four stations in the North West Province charged with the production of fingerlings and the training of fish farmers, is producing at less than 5% of its capacity, the Manager, Anyangwa Theophile Anguru told The Farmer’s Voice.
10-10-06 - Main diseases of bananas and plantains
1. Sigatoka Types, distribution and spread Sigatoka is a very serious disease on bananas and plantains. There are 2 types of sigatokas; black and yellow sigatoka. The disease is caused by a fungus known as Mycosphaerella. Sigatoka is found in all banana/plantain production areas in Cameroon.

10-10-06 - Sources of risks and impact of pesticides associated with banana production
Banana plays an important role in the lives of millions of people. Throughout the tropics, bananas are not only considered as a dessert but as a cheap source of energy, important starchy staple food source for millions of poor people
Devlopment news
11-08-06 - Youths and poverty alleviation : Giant empowerment programmes in sight
Youths have asked for a more active participation at all stages of the very ambitious programmes aimed at reducing poverty amongst youths in both rural and urban areas.
11-08-06 - Dairy farmers demand transformation equipment
Dairy farmers in the North West Province profited from the presence of Minister Aboubakar Sarki at the inauguration of the Market-Oriented Small Scale Dairy Development Program of Heifer International Cameroon (HIC) in Santa recently to call on government to give them a means of transformation for their 16 000 litres a day milk so as to reduce waste.
11-08-06 - Animal market goes operational to fight theft
A market for animals has gone operational in Fundong on the initiative of the Fundong Rural Council in collaboration with the Belo and Njinikom Councils in Boyo expected to stem animal theft in the division according to the Lord Mayor of Fundong, Kiyam Chrysantus.
11-08-06 - NWP : Mass vaccination of livestock kicks off
Over 80.000 doses of vaccines were recently given out to the seven Divisional Delegates of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA) of the North West Province to carryout the vaccination of cattle and small ruminants for the 2006 mass vaccination campaign.

11-08-06 - Agribusiness : Making agriculture a money making venture
A forum to bring together actors of the agricultural world including producers, government, development organisations, financial institutions and buying agents with the aim of bringing the Cameroonian agriculture out of its present subsistence level to a money making venture shall be held in Yaounde on October 4 and 5, 2006.
11-08-06 - NWP : Farmers schooled on African swine fever
Some dynamic and experienced farmers drawn from the pig and poultry sectors in the North West Province were recently armed with the African swine fever and Bird flu signs in livestock as diagnoses raised fears of the existence of swine fever in the neighbouring West Province of the country.
 Society
11-08-06 - Yam cultivation in Muyuka : New methods to counter land shortages
Farmers cultivating the famous Calabar yam in Muyuka where the produce is the main source of revenue to over 80% of the inhabitants are developing new methods of cultivation because of the shortage of land
11-08-06 - Yam cultivation in Muyuka : “The weather plays a great role for a good harvest.”
Sunday Iyhanacho, is a Nigerian farmer producing calabar yam in Muyuka Sub Division where production of the said commodity is highest in the province. He says yam farming does not only entail much work but it is quite expensive. He expressed the need for more training and government assistance to enable them to produce better