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04 February 2013

Trees Cameroon to donate neem trees to Ikiliwindi natives

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US based charity Trees for the Future, Cameroon programme would this year donate 10 Neem (Azadirachta indica)  tree seeds, locally called dogoyaro to the inhabitants of Ikiliwindi, a small village in the Meme sub division of the South West Region to replace the lone neem tree which was chopped off by locals of this community for medicinal  and other purposes. The decision was made known recently by Trees Cameroon agro forester, Payong Marquise during the planning meeting for activities for 2013 held in the head office of the country programme in Buea. Ms Payong explained that the decision resulted from the observation that the Trees Cameroon team had in 2012 of the only existing neem tree in the locality whose leaves, stems and roots have were completely chopped down by villagers for medicinal purpose.

She said the people of Ikiliwindi used the plant in treating diabetes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease and fight against skin infections, malaria, ulcers, and hepatitis. Its oil leaves and extracts are used to manufacture health and beauty care products like soaps, bath powders, shampoos, lotions, creams and toothpastes. It equally treats chickenpox, treat foot fungi. The tree is equally used as a compost ingredient and farmers of this locality have used it to improve on their soil and yields. Growing Neem trees improves the water holding capacity and nutrient level of soils. It can bring acid soils back to natural state. Neem oil in the western world is known and valued as an effective insecticide. One of the villagers says the tree has been very useful for her, hear her “Each time my child had an ulcer, I used the leaves of dogoyaro and within days it is healed, even when I suffer from malaria, I boil the back of the tree and drink and that’s all. One cannot blame villagers for chopping this tree right down to the roots because everyone used it for its own purpose”


Ms Payong explained that it is because of this medicinal importance that Trees Cameroon has decided to introduce this plant to the rural farmers so as to reduce cost spending in the hospital and saving more income for other beneficial activities hear her “Cameroon is still unfamiliar with this plant, even in the Northern part of the Country where Neem is grown, it medicinal potentials are not known yet. It is widely used just for road decoration in Cameroon especially along the streets of Maroua. We want to plant more of this tree to help local people”


The neem tree it would be recalled is a fast growing and long living tree. It is a tall evergreen tree with small bright green leaves. It easily grows in the dry, stony, shallow and clavey soils. It needs very little water and plenty of sunlight. It grows slowly during the first year of planting. The young tree cannot tolerate excessive cold. It is widely grown and commonly used in Indian. Indians believe that Neem the goddess of Chickenpox lives in Neem. Each part of the Neem tree has some medicinal property and other important uses.Neem tree is also a fantastic shade!

By Payong Marquise

04 February 2013

North West farmers use agric. diversification to boost incomes

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north west farmers

Some farmers in the North West region of Cameroon have diversified agriculture in a bid to raise  their incomes. Farmers in the North West obtained micro-loans on a revolving basis which they used to invest income generating activities other than crop production.  This in turn made them to realize an increase in their incomes. A maize farmer from the Mezam Division, Mishimbo Joseph, who belongs to the farming group MACMAN in Mankon explained his success “I learnt about diversification in 2010 from the Trees for the Future team, I immediately embraced it and acquired a loan of FCFA50.000 and bought improved maize seeds and within months, I was able to make FCFA 100,000   from the sales of 200 kg of maize harvested from my agro-forestry farm” Mr. Mishimo further explained that he repaid his loan and used the extra income to invest in poultry and pig farming and conveniently feeds these livestock with leaves of Leucaena leucocephala, Acacia angustissima and other herbs, from the agro-forestry farms. With over 100 chickens and 12 pigs to his name, Mr. Mishimbo looks forward making brisk business from them this 2013.

Another group in Bafut, the AGROCOPLEX CIG used their loan to invest in the production of fruit trees using vegetative propagation methods. The loan acquired helped them to construct propagators from which these seedlings were produced. Seedlings produced using these techniques have an advantage over their counterparts produced from seeds in that, they produce fruits faster since they are of the same age as he parent plant from which they are produced from, and the fruits are of good quality since they are carefully selected. “In 2012, we produced over 100 seedlings (macotts and grafts). Selling a seedling at FCFA 2500, we anticipate raising FCFA 250,000 from the sales of these seedlings. In addition to this, we are already harvesting fruits from the trees they planted 3 years ago” a member explained.
As a result of better incomes from these economic activities, farmers confess they have been able to improve on their living conditions and their health status have been greatly improved given that they can conveniently pay their hospital bills and buy drugs.


Two farming groups, MACMAN CIG in Mankon and AGROCOMPLEX CIG Bafut have been very successful in the diversification process.

By Neba Kingsley

04 February 2013

ERuDeF to plant 30.000 trees on Mount Cameroon to curb biodiversity Loss

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deforestation Mt cameroon

As part of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation’s goal to restore Cameroons Mountains and watersheds, the organization and her partner Fauna Flora International (FFI) are working to ensure the restoration of some of the threatened species back in West Africa’s highest peak, the Mt Cameroon National park and environs. To this effect, ERuDeF intends raising some 30,000 seedlings this 2013 which would be planted out in the wild. This was disclosed by the project coordinator for the Mt Cameroon threatened trees, Ms Asa’a Lemawah during the planning meeting of ERuDeF which held from the 7th -11th of January in Buea. Already, the organization has raised over 9,000 seedlings at the Buea central tree nursery and 2,000 at a temporal nursery in the Mokoko area.


Speaking shortly after the meeting, Ms Asa’a explained that the initiative to double their efforts this 2013 is resulting from biodiversity loss on Mount Cameroon due to over-hunting and deforestation. She said indiscriminate logging of the species like the critically endangered Microberlinia bisulcata by illegal operators especially in the Mokoko and southern Bakundu reserves makes the conservation of the species a difficult task. “Farmers have also put down trees to grow their crops and this process of deforestation has had a heavy toll on the local population of Buea. With the disappearance of forests, many water bodies which derive their source from the Mountains are tampered with and the effect is evident with the sustained increase in water shortage within the Buea municipality and beyond” Ms Asa’a cried foul.  


She explained that the tree planting would be done together with some communities around the Mt Cameroon National Park, hear her “Nurseries are being established at the premises of the Delegation for Forestry, Buea, and subsequently in some four communities around the Park, Bova I, Bafia, Bakingili and Bomana. These threatened species would be raised would subsequently be planted out in the wild. This would build the capacities of the communities on tree nursery establishment and management instill tree planting attitudes and commitment in them” Ms Asa’a however identified some challenges such as slow adaptability of some of the species being raised at the nursery and the nursery  in Buea has attained full capacity of plants and now requires expansion.


By Asa'a Lemawah

02 February 2013

Bush Meat Trade - Threat of Extinction to Primates & Other Wildlife in Lebialem Division...

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Illegal bush meat trade in the Lebialem Division is increasing by day, thus threatening the extinction

of apes, chimpanzees, gorillas, other primates and wildlife found in the Division.

A recent survey conducted between March and July 2012 in Menji, the capital of the Division, on the quantity and type of meat sold by pepper soup sellers in restaurant shows that, over 70% of the meat sold, is bush meat.

This bush meat is gotten from forests adjacent the communities like Mak- Betchou forest area, Nkingkwa forest area and the Proposed Tofala Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (THWS) forest area. Hunting in these forest areas is done mostly by local hunters. They hunt to provide meat for their own needs as well as for commercial purposes with some of the meat going to bigger cities.

Though habitat loss is often cited as the primary threat to wildlife, commercial hunting for the bush meat has become one of the most significant immediate threat to the future of wildlife in the Division. It has already resulted in widespread local extinctions of some of these species in the Division thus threatening the livelihoods and food security of indigenous and rural populations.

With primates being part of the staple diet for these forest dwelling peoples, as populations increased, the demand for bush meat increases, hence pushing many of these primate species to the edge of extinction.

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