Getting to Know SIRDEP: Welcome to our Plantain and Tree Nurseries!

Did you know that SIRDEP founded and currently operates its very own plantain and tree nurseries? 

That’s right!  Since 2005 SIRDEP has owned and operated an onsite nursery that has been used for a number of purposes and has facilitated the growth of a variety of local tree and plantain species.  Originally intended for generating income, the SIRDEP nursery was used to propagate primarily plantain plantlets, which were subsequently given to farmers at reduced prices to boost production.  The nursery, managed by its Natural Resource management component, produced between 5,000 to 8,000 plantain plantlets annually.  

In 2009, SIRDEP modified the purpose of the nursery laying emphasis on extension rather than income generation.  This change was influenced by SIRDEP’s constant quest for improving the livelihoods of farmers.  As a result, its plantain production was scaled back (roughly 1,000 raised annually) and the nursery was used as a platform for training famers in the area of Rapid Plantain Multiplication—a planting technique which significantly accelerates the growth rate over standard practices. 

To date, 50 farmers have taken part in the training on Rapid Plantain Multiplication, which takes place 3 times annually (coinciding with crucial phases of the growth cycle).  As a pilot project, the Natural Resource Management component has focused on installing proper equipment and developing an effective training curriculum.  With those two elements firmly in place, the component is seeking to expand its training program through strengthening outreach channels and supporting farmers to a greater level throughout the growth cycle.

The nursery is also used to grow other tree species for agro forestry purposes, such as: Prunus africana (pygeum), Acacia albida, Leucaena leucocaephala,  Azadirachta indica (Neem), Cacia spectablis, and Calliandra sp.  Some ornamental trees such as royal palms are also raised in the nursery. 

These trees are used to support initiatives such as tree planting in schools and communities based on the component’s programme Promoting Environmental Stewardship amongst Children, which provides trees for planting purposes as well as facilitates the creation of environmental clubs in school.

If you are interested in learning more about SIRDEP’s nurseries or any of the trainings or programmes offered, please contact Mr. Eric Fru Zama at ericzama@gmail.com or by phone at (237) 770 057 47. 

More pictures are available on our facebook page (SIRDEP ngo).

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

One Response to Getting to Know SIRDEP: Welcome to our Plantain and Tree Nurseries!

  1. Ndifor patience says:

    The nursery activities of SIRDEP is quite encouraging. The organisation should keep up with this build the capacity of more farmers.

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