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Konango, Gilbert. 2006. Well documented. Spore 121. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Engonga Prétextat: I lost my job as assistant accountant in 1988. It s thanks to Spore that I had the idea of turning to farming. Since then, I ve read every issue
Gilbert Konango, of the Communauté des exploitants agricoles (CEA) farmers association In the small office of the farmers association Communauté des exploitants agricoles (CEA), 14 km east of Douala, Engonga Prétextat is engrossed in the latest issue of Spore. Asked about his interest in the magazine, he raises his head and, after thinking for a few moments, admits, I lost my job as assistant accountant in 1988. It s thanks to Spore that I had the idea of turning to farming. Since then, I ve read every issue. Off the top of his head, he cites some of the nuggets of information he has found in the magazine, on the palmyra palm, the plantain banana and other food crops. That has been a great help to me in my job as a planter. I ve also learned a lot of tips, for example, how to collect rainwater. In the issue he is reading now, an article on cassava has caught his eye. The Groupe d'initiative commune (GIC), of which he is a delegate, has launched an initiative to promote cultivation of this crop. The office of Gilbert Konango, who is head of CEA, serves as the library, reception and reading room. Of the dozen or so people who have come to do some reading at the documentation centre on this particular day, three or four have chosen to stay indoors. The others have opted to sit on a bench in the courtyard. All of them are busy reading the few agricultural publications available, among them Spore and several books from CTA. Everyone who comes here reads it , observes Gilbert Konango. They learn about innovations, copy what others are doing and seek technical advice. The association has been a subscriber since 1992. Through the years, Spore has proved an indispensable teaching tool for Mr Konango. He uses it to prepare training seminars for farmers. We look through the back copies to find technical material for the chosen theme , he explains. The magazine is also a rich source of information for the various reviews published by the association. Among them is the bimonthly Le manioc (Cassava), of which there are a few copies on the table. A useful way of spreading information among the 1200 or so farmers who are members of CEA.
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