A poultry farm at Bomono and a Technical Agriculture School in Dibombari were visited on November 15, 2016.
A delegation from the World Bank is in Cameroon to hold high level discussions with authorities on some of its sponsored projects. On the sideline to the four-day stay in the country, the delegation led by the Technical Director of Agriculture for Central and East Africa, Dina Umali-Deininger, visited a FCFA 37.9 million poultry project in Bomono in Moungo Division, Littoral Region.
The poultry project, which received FCFA 25.9 million funding from the World Bank, representing 68.4 per cent and the rest, FCFA 11.9 million provided by the poultry farm grouped under the umbrella of a Common Initiative Group dubbed GIC FAAL, helped to increase production from about 16,000 to 32,000 table birds per year. To produce the 32,000 broilers yearly, the co-financed project rehabilitated an existing 400-square metre building with standard material and constructed another 400-square metre building that can contain 4,000 birds.
The project partly financed by World Bank through the PACA programme has not only generated employment for some youth, but has also improved the livelihoods of its 29 members through the production and marketing of 32,000 broilers annually. Since three years that the project was financed, GIC FAAL, under its leader, Sylvestre Nganhyim, disclosed that they have constructed a cold room and slaughter slab and are poised to acquire a grinder-mixer in order to produce their own feed and a hatchery for chicks.
The Technical Agriculture School in Dibombari managed by AFOP (Renovation and Development Support Project for Vocational Training in Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Sub-sectors), which trains independent agriculture technicians since 1990, has produced over 2,000 agro-pastoral entrepreneurs so far. Among the lot, some work in NGOs, others self employed while some pursue further studies in universities.
During the visit, Dina Umali-Deininger and the Director of World Bank’s Operations in Cameroon, Elisabeth Huybens, expressed satisfaction with field work, asked questions and proposed possible solutions.