In February Gaston Bityo, our Cameroon partner, trained several community leaders at Kumba to become competent promoters of Inga alley cropping in their regions. He then gave another training in June to some farmers and teacher from the big school where he had already provided an Inga plot. For previous information about these please see
Pastor Nsandah Forzong Premous had not done any Inga alley cropping previously. He contacted us to ask if he could come to the training at Kumba. Of course he was welcome. We supplied trainees with a cheap camera, and a little money for expenses. Pastor Nsandah has put these to good use and has been reporting back to us, and sending many photos.
He has held several meetings with pastors and community leaders and farmers, and got the support of the Lord Mayor of Nguti (the town he comes from: see the map in the second link above) and the Delegate of Agriculture and Forestry. Below is his story.
Atanga Wilson (on the left) with Pastor Nsandah carrying the big bag of Inga pods for Pastor Nsandah to take back to Nguti after the training. Atanga knows where to get the Inga pods in Buea.
They planted 800 seeds, and they ended up with 700 seedlings for distribution to 20 farmers. One would normally expect more than 700 good seedlings from 800 seeds, but there would have been some delay in planting them after Pastor Nsandah got back to Ngutie and got them planted. These seeds are delicate and lose fertility quickly. So 700 isn’t at all bad.
On the right are the plastic bags with the Inga seeds planted in them, and on the left is the nursery with palm leaf cover where they were grown.
The seedlings growing in the nursery, and planting them out later.
Training to acquaint group leaders with the Inga system
We initially recommended that, as Pastor Nsandah was new to the Inga technique, he would be best to start off with just 10 farmers, but he says there are 50 wanting it, and he is giving us good feedback and saying that he is getting good community support. So, as we don’t want to discourage them, we gave him a little more money to take the project further. He has had further meetings and is planting more Inga seeds, as shown below.
Here is Pastor Nsandah with a big Inga pod, collecting pods up an Inga tree at Buea
Getting the seeds out of the pods into a bucket of water.
This and the photo above are of filling the plastic bags with soil. Note the poverty – they are working with their bare hands. Pastor Nsandah did buy a few tools with the money we gave, but clearly they need more.
The new, bigger nursery at the beginning of June (2016)
We look forward to hearing how these seeds grow, and how the first lot of farmers are getting on with their Inga plots.
Tabangmua Danisius, another community leader who came to the Kumba training, has also been getting on with setting up a nursery and giving training to high school students. One of his associates who came with him has also set up his nursery. He will be sending his photos soon. He was away, and therefore unable to communicate. Many places in Cameroon do not have internet access.
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