Ndu Council area has confirmed its supremacy as the bread basket for Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. With over 3000 speculations exhibited at the last Mini Agro Pastoral Show that took place at the Ndu Market Square on December 17, 2012, those who took the pains to be part of this year’s farmers feast in Ndu went back home confirming the above statement.
To visitors, it was as if every harvest was brought to the show village. In fact, the 2012 Mini Agro Pastoral Show of the Ndu Council was splendid with foodstuffs of all varieties exhibited. The exhibits, from, rice, corn, coco-yams, plantains, cocoa to goats, sheep, cows, pigs, etc….. could be seen competing in the hot sun.
The mayor of Ndu Council, David Kargong Nfor, in his speech told farmers that the show was not only for distinguished farmers and breeders to win prizes, but a forum for them to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences to improve on their farming and breeding techniques. He added that farming is the backbone of his economy and the Ndu council would spare no efforts to promote farming and animal breeding in its entire sphere. DK Nfor did not only demonstrate his ability to promote farmers and breeders in words, he practically demonstrated it through the quality and quantity of prizes. In fact, not only the first, second and third items were awarded prizes, from the first to the eleventh position all went home smiling. The difference was clear, unlike in Nkambe where Mangoh Jones Tanko told farmers that he could not afford for prizes, Ndu Council was pragmatic. This is so because one can only compare two things.
Elated by the organizational prowess and the massive turnout, the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division, Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard expressed gratitude to the Ndu Council for bringing farmers and breeders to feast in grand style. He told farmers that government is doing a lot to promote sustainable farming as well as food sufficiency through numerous projects. He elaborated on the second generation agricultural policy of the Head of State, President Paul Biya and added that farmers should shy away from conflict especially farmer/grazer conflicts. To, Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard, if farmers use the services of technicians put at their disposal by government, they will improve their standard of living thus leading to quality and quantity production.
On his part the Divisional Delegate of Agriculture for Donga Mantung Division, Ncham George enumerated government support programs. He also cited some farmers groups in the municipality that benefited from government support this year and added that many more support will come in 2013.
It should be noted that Ndu council area is blessed to have all the ecological climates in Donga Mantung Division. From the Mbaw plain to the Ntaba hills, down to Mbawgong, and to Luh Ntundip and the cold hills of Ndu, all types of crops do perform well. This is in fact what makes the municipality a citadel of variety of food crops. However, one of the most fascinating attractions at the show was the locally processed Ndu tea by small holder farmers.
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