MINADER Launch project to revamp Coffee Sector in Mezam

A coffee farm formerly a source of lively hood in the region

A coffee farm formerly a source of lively hood in the region

The ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) through the Fond de développement de filière cacao et café (FODEC) have launched a project to revamp the coffee sector in Mezam Division of North West, at a ceremony that took place Friday February 15, 2013 at the Santa Farmer’s Cooperative office.

Some 1200 bags of NPK fertilizers was handed over to selected coffee farmers organizations to be sold to its members at reduced rate under the “project of the utilization of fertilizers in the cocoa and coffee sectors”

“This fertilizer is to be used for coffee farms only, and should not be sold in the market” said the D.O for Santa Diyan Jam Lawrence while officially launching the project.

He promised to officially put the forces of law and order at his disposal to use to track down whosoever tries to sell them in the open market.

“This is a great leap forward to revamp the coffee sector that used to be a source of livelihood and employment in the Northwest region” he continued.

D.O for Santa adressing farmers

D.O for Santa adressing farmers

The D.O handing over a bag of fertilizer to farmers

The D.O handing over a bag of fertilizer to farmers

Speaking earlier the lord mayor of Santa Council Wanki Clement Atanga urged the farmers to put the fertilizers into proper use which would help boast their family incomes. He regretted the decline in coffee production in the past due to falling prices in the world market but told the farmers to pick up their farming tools because the prospects for the sector are promising.

Under the FODEC project the state buys the fertilizers at about 23 000 Frs. a bag gives them to the farmer’s cooperatives that sells it to it members at less than half the price and keep the proceeds. These proceeds are then used in subsequent years to buy these fertilizers from the market to sell to its members.

By Abongwa Fozo in Santa

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