The localities of Ahala on the outskirts of Yaounde, Centre Region, Massoumbou in the Littoral and Kumba in the South West Regions, are the latest to host government-supported clusters for fresh-water fish farming and crop cultivation.
Promoters of fresh-water fish farming in Ahala and Massoumbou as well as pineapple cultivation in Kumba received Christmas gifts in 2016 in the form of agreements with the National Farming Cluster Programme, piloted by the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development. The programme seeks to add value to local crop and livestock production. It encourages private initiatives to attain processing and marketing levels, elevate government income and improve the livelihoods of farmers.
The overall impact of the cluster programme in Cameroon has been to effectively establish 40 cluster across the country. It has covered all the Regions, creating 240 large and medium-size companies in rural areas and creating some 2,589 full-time as well as seasonal jobs.