(Business in Cameroon) - The threat and attacks of Boko Haram in the northern part of Cameroon have pushed several farmers to abandon their activities to flee towards safer zones. With the marked improvement in the security environment, several farmers wish to restart working in the fields, but are facing a scarcity of seeds.
To solve this problem, a group of Cameroonian parliamentarians have just met the management of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in order to secure the action of this institution in the reconstitution of stocks of cereal seeds in the regions of the North and Far North in the country.
Indeed, we learn, these parliamentarians hope that IITA reproduces in the northern part of Cameroon, a programme implemented with success in Nigeria, where Boko Haram also creates turmoil; and which has allowed farmers to start going about their business again, thanks to the provision of improved seeds. Responding to this request of the Cameroonian parliamentarians, the local management of IITA has not only promised support in rice, vegetable, sorghum, cowpea and corn seeds, but also examined other strategies aimed at helping agriculture in the northern part of Cameroon.