Dynamic extension to energise young farmers
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CTA. 2002. Dynamic extension to energise young farmers. Rural Radio Resource Pack 02/1. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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A report from Cameroon about how the work of one inspiring extension officer has dramatically benefited a group of young people. Working as a common initiative group, they have learned how to use modern, highly productive farming methods, and their farming has been so successful that they are looking to expand their cropping area.
Dynamic extension to energise young farmers CUE: It is said that we never forget a good teacher. The young people in our next report will surely never forget the work of their agricultural extension officer. Through him they have joined together to form a common initiative group, and begun to practice modern, and highly profitable farming. The report comes from Cameroon, where Martha Chindong spoke to the young president of the group about what they have learned, and how it is helping them to earn a living from agriculture. IN: ?I?m Makoge Raymond Massango ? OUT: ? the two at the same time. DUR?N 3?23? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: Makoge Massango talking to Martha Chindong about the benefits he and his Dynamic Agricultural Group are getting from modern agriculture. Transcript Massango I?m Makoge Raymond Massango, President of Dynamic Agricultural Group, Ngap in Ninong. Chindong Why that name ?dynamic?? Massango We think that in fact it is really dynamic, because we have diversified cropping, and we feel that it is a pushing force for alleviating poverty. Chindong What type of crops are you growing that you?ve gone to the extent of diversifying them? Massango We are growing Irish potato. We also grow beans, then we grow also tomatoes. Chindong In large quantities? Massango Yes, all these we grow them in large quantities. I think tomato has the largest quantity. No, Irish potato has the largest quantity, and we can be proud of producing at least a ton. Chindong Tell me, what motivated you, young people, into agriculture? Massango The chief of posts for agriculture, Ngap, Mr. Stephen Asabate, had been meeting with us so many times, and then introduced this to us. When we tried it we discovered that it was so profitable, and we decided to call people together, so that we could form that type of a group, because one person cannot produce up to that large quantity. Chindong Your group is made of how many members? Massango For now we have ten members; six women and four men. The extension worker is working with us on Wednesdays, so we decided that it is on Wednesday that we shall be having work in our gardens, and around the fishponds. So when he comes there, he demonstrates, and then we see exactly what we have to do, like planting distances. You know when we started we never knew how to plant them at intervals, but now we can do it. Chindong Has he also taught you how to use, say, organic manure in cultivation? Massango Exactly, and now we have a compost manure now, at the centre of our garden, which we are intending to use when rain will start falling. Chindong In other words, you are practising modern agriculture? Massango Exactly. Chindong Now how profitable is this to you? Do you think you are really gaining a livelihood out of agriculture? Massango In fact we think we have found a right place now, because after the production, we sold some of the things and we discovered that we could make a lot of money. And so we are very much interested now, until we want to look for another land, where we can extend. Chindong Now I want you to tell them specifically what you have gained, like knowledge, by doing modern agriculture. Massango By this time I am proud to say that I can even go and cultivate in a land where people feel that it is barren, because I have gained the knowledge of making a compost manure, and even when the crops are not giving good yields, I know what to apply, and I know what to apply when they have been affected by something like blight. Chindong Any message for those young people like you elsewhere, who are not interested in agriculture; they think agriculture is old fashioned? Massango Yes the message I have for them is that they should try to create common initiative groups, because when they do it individually they do it in the small scale, and they do not find any profit in it, so in the long run you find them giving up. So if they can come together they will really see that they can produce a large quantity, and that is the time that they can make some money out of it, like any other person in the white collar job. Chindong It means if somebody should show you a white collar job now, you will say ?No, I will stay in agriculture?. Massango Well it depends on the type of white collar job, but even if I am doing it I think I will do the two at the same time. End of tape.