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By Carthia Ndingi Elangwe

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Essimi Menye’ together with counterparts from Central African Republic and Congo Brazaville has recently expressed satisfaction with plantain seedling multiplication project at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IRAD) in Ekona. 

The Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between MINADER and IRAD for the production of high quality and disease-free plantain plantlets positioning seven hectares of varied species of plantain suckers was expected to have led to the production of more than 10,000 plantains by April this year.   

This pre-evaluation necessitated the three Ministers, Essimi Menye of Cameroon, Marie Noëlle Koyara of the Central African Republic, Rigobert Maboundou of Congo Brazzaville to target an assessment of researchers as per the manifestation of the project after signing the convention with the centre.

The Ministers, after visiting laboratories where they received practical explanations as well as an observation of each process of seedling manifestation from the engineers asserted that the project was a success and that the centre did not just pen down what they could not realise.

The visit also took the Ministers to the plantain farms and the rubber seedling plantation where they were contented with the project.

With the handing over of a plant by an engineer, Minister Essimi Menye, said “the aim of the signed agreement was to produce plantlets in which today I have the opportunity to see how far they have gone and I am satisfied”.

He added that they are willing to produce more plantains in order to have real vanished species so as to be able to compete in the global market.

In a brief working session, the Director of the Centre, Dr Kingsley Etchu presented an overview of the project to the Minister and his guests, assuring them that they will not plunge in the realisation of the project.

Worthy to note is the fact that the evaluation visit coincided with a committee meeting that took place recently in Douala which will end with an examination of various texts on seedlings and agriculture within the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) zone.

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