Improving Maize Production in Bali

Improving on the economic well being of farmers is one of SIRDEP’s primary concerns. In a bid to achieve this SIRDEP in collaboration with the National Employment Fund trained maize farmers in Bali on the theoretical and practical techniques of maize production. The training was geared towards building the capacities of maize producers on the techniques of production and marketing of maize. The issues treated were quite topical and enriching. They ranged from site selection, land preparation, fertilizer application, monitoring of farm to control pests and diseases, post harvest management, marketing and cost benefit analysis.

In order to increase incomes and improve livelihoods, the farmer needs to have a good mastery of the market situation. He must take into consideration the 4 Ps. That is product, price, place, publicity or promotion.
At the end, farmers were given 3 bags of fertilizers (2bags of NPK and 1 bag of urea), 15kgs of improved seeds and 1 liter of herbicide. These inputs are supposed to boost the production of maize on half a hectare of land. These inputs were a loan to be repaid within 2 years at a 6% in IMG_0571rate per annum. At the end of the first phase, farmers testified that the yields and improved and will go a long way to improve their incomes and standards of living.

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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 Improving Maize Production in Bali

  1. Celestine Akuma says:

    Awesome job SIRDEP! Keep it up. Please it would make more sense if you specify the type of fertilizers inputs given to the farmers. For those who know abit about fertilizers, saying NPK doesn’t mean anything. Was it 20:10:10, 40: 30:15, etc. I guess you guys get my point! Good job all the same. Regards

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