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100 producers in 4 pilot sessions, and through it the structuring of rice producers in Minta into cooperatives was translated in concrete terms, while that of the producers of Batchenga is now in progress.
Support and backing
for the production and labelling of producers' rice of consumption
The project supports and backs rice produ- cers; it supports and backs from production to the labelling of their rice. Thus, to date, the project has helped to develop 30 hec- tares of lowlands in the localities of Yaoundé 7, Minta, Nkoteng and Okola and the sowing of a total area of 600 hectares with irrigated rice and 43 hectares in rainfed rice. With an average yield per hectare of 2t for irrigated rice, and 0.5t for rainfed, the ove- rall production was estimated at 1200 t of paddy rice for the areas above.
Besides, a total of 105 t of paddy has now been dried and husked in the rice mill of the project for a final production of 60 t of milled rice.
Research, variety and productivity
Beyond production and farmer support, the project has embarked on a research compo- nent with IRAD to find high yielding varieties that best fit our context. For this purpose, 250 varieties of high-yielding rice of Asian origin have been tested. Finally, 37 varieties have become acclimatized to the conditions of the locality and will soon be popularized in the countryside.
PIDMA : Creating, sharing value in fields and improving farmers' income
At the Agricultural Show organized in 2011 in Ebolowa, the President of the Republic stated: “Cameroon relies above all on the primary sector, particularly agriculture, breeding, fishing and crafts to becomean emerging country by 2035”. This orientation of the New Agricultural Policy in Cameroon motivated MINADER to launch several initiatives aimed at increasing agricultural produc- tion and raising the standard of living of people.
The Agricultural Markets Investment and Development Project (PIDMA) was launched on 25 January 2015 for a period of 5 years (2015 - 2019). It is an initiative implemented jointly by MINADER and the World Bank. PIDMA, which is market-driven approach, enables direct contact between buyers (agribusinesses, wholesalers, etc.) and small producers organized in a coope- rative according to the OHADA Uniform Act on the law of cooperative enterprises.
Its development objective is to contribute to the transformation of subsistence cassava, maize and sorghum farming characterized by low pro- ductivity into a commercial agriculture with com- petitive value chains in the five (05) agro-ecolo- gical zones in Cameroon.
At the start of these activities, two pioneering cooperatives in the sorghum sector (CROPSEC and SOCOCCEN) lead to their implementation through signed purchase contracts, their subpro- ject to supply cleaned seed sorghum to an agri- business based in Douala. > > >

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