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Buea Faculty Of Agriculture Makes Giant Strides 

By Leocadia Bongben

The Buea Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicines, which is just a few months old, has made giant strides by making its presence felt at the Agro-Pastoral Show. A crack team of the faculty, headed by the Vice-Dean, Dr. Pierre Nekongo Sakwe and Dr, Ernest L. Mulua, Head of Department of Agriculture and Agro-Business, talked to hundreds of visitors to their stand on a daily basis.

UB delegates at Agric Show

Going by the Dean, the show provided an opportunity for the Faculty to let the population know that training is offered in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine from Level One to Four. He said their participation at the Agric Show enabled the faculty officials to interact with stakeholders in the domain of agriculture such as the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, NGOs, farmers and international organisations.
He said discussions centered on what they produce, production problems, ideas and information on various aspects relating to agriculture. 

He said key programmes such as crop science and crop production, plant health management and agricultural management would impact on the farmers through extension work. In addition, farmers would be taught on how they can manage their crops to get maximum yields and how to market the produce.

Dr. Sakwe maintained that Cameroon is described as the food basket of the sub-region, but regretted that this is challenged by the ever growing population. To him, the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, to reduce by half the number of people suffering from hunger; cannot only be achieved by cultivating more land and grazing cattle, but also by training professionals. The Faculty, he said, is there to provide the training given that faculties for training are limited.

Dr. Molua expressed the need for farmers to learn to grow off-season, store and through the market analysis, sell later on. The faculty went operational last October with seven departments and 11 programmes. It faces the problem of infrastructure as it presently shares some of the facilities with other faculties. According to the officials, their immediate challenge is to set up a faculty farm for research and production, and a field laboratory.
 

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