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Livestock farming

Poultry farming

Poultry meat and eggs are one of the most consumed animal protein in Cameroon, unrestricted by any religion or any culture in Cameroon. Our poultry farming is aimed at solving the problem of scarcity of chicken in Cameroon and the Cemac zone

The poultry sector amounts to about 4%of Cameroon GPD and plays and important role for both food and employment providing income for both the rural and urban population.

Achievements

In the year 2019.we had achieved the following for our members

Organized 3 trainings on production and manure management

Organized 2 trainings on marketing techniques

Carried out 5 group purchase of bird and feed
Supply 50 tons of manure to the bambui integrated young farmers group.

Challenges

The fluctuating nature of the price of birds and and its products including feed
High cost of industrial materials such as zinc and cement for the construction of modern poultry infrastructure
The need for more training and refresher courses
High cost of transportation for inputs and outputs to and fro
Lack of improved genetic material
Unclassified ailments and depredations are some of the challenges that give give poultry farmers a hard time
Low production performance and stock theft

Way forward

Training on feed compoundments can help reduce the cost of feed

CEPAU keeps on outsourcing for funds to subsidize industrial building materials for our members
Organize more trainings on hygiene and poultry farm management. Inorder to avoid predators and ailments
Source for funds to provide improved genetic material. And reinforce the security of the poultry farms

Piggery

Piggery is one of the most profitable enterprise in animal husbandry there is a ready market for pork and manure. The sector is championed by women, managed by 3 resource persons and 2 local animators. Their main activities are organize group purchase of input. Market research and group marketing.

Achievements

In 2019 the sector organised 2 training on feed compoundment 4 group purchase of inputs and 5 group markets
Sold about 100 tons of manure and ploughed back another 500 tons into maize cultivation which makes up 60 percent of feed compoundment
Produced and market 500 piglets and pigs.

Challenges

The sector needs a feed processing plan because more than 80 percent of feed compoundment are produced within the community but tend to buy feed at very high cost
Needs more training to manage the pigs style so as to avoid infections and accident
The fluctuating price of piglets and the scarcity of good species is another challenge.

Way forward

A feed processing plant to produce feed locally
Search for new market outlets
Subsidize farmers to construct modern pig styles
Employment of expert vert to help combat diseases in all the sectors.

Bee farming

This is an environmental friendly sector in CEPAU that has seen and increase in youths involved 5 groups are operating in this sector with 2 resource persons and 2 local animators. They organize group work in afforestation and reforestation of apiaries with bee attracting plants. Most of their apiaries are located in water catchments, stream banks and spring heads. Group work is also organized every year for hive constructions using local materials like bamboo and tree trunks

Due to its height medicinal and nutritional value the demand for natural and pure honey is very high as it is sometimes difficult to find organic honey

Achievements

In 2019 CEPAU had the following achievements
Organized and trained 50 members on bee farming techniques
Organized a training on tree nursery creation and management
Sold through group markets 500 litres of honey
Produced 5 tons of wax, 200 litres of honey beer and Acropolis

Challenges

Lack of harvesting equipment’s such as smokers, rain boots, harvesting containers and bee suits
Need more training’s for its growing youthful population
The life span of locally produced hives are very short
Pest and diseases
Absconding and swarming of bees.

Way forward

The sector requires modern harvesting equipments which will go a long way not only to improve on the quality of honey but reduce fire which comes as a result of harvesting with torch light
In order to increase the protection of honey and by products plank hives are required with iron stand which can last for 3 to 4 decades
Training for the sector remains ongoing.

Keeping of Bee-Friendly Plants. Honey bees need plenty of plant-life to sustain their hives…
Support our Local Beekeepers. …
Avoid Using Pesticides. …
Keep a Water Supply. …
Protect Swarms. …
Spread Awareness. …