30 November 2012

Cameroon: University of Buea Partners with African Research Council for Food Security

The synergy is to vulgarise fish and rice farming with poultry or piggery.

As an extension component of its Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Buea (UB) has entered a partnership with the West African Council for Agriculture Research and Development (WECARD) to engage two integrated fish culture projects such as fish and rice farming with either poultry or piggery. These projects were explained to involve individual and group partnerships of persons intending to invest in the domains.

Launching the project at the UB campus recently, Drs. Pius Mbu Oben and Benedicta Oben, fish culture experts, took the floor to give an overview of the project. In a first technical presentation, the details, procedures and advantages of the project were analysed. Presenters styled their papers as "Technological Options/Designs and Prospects of Integrating Aquaculture with Rice Cum Piggery or Poultry." The experts highlighted the high income generating and hunger fighting objectives of the endeavour. They elucidated on the need for various sectors to generalise the fight against hunger in a world that was suffering from dangers of social agitations. Clarifications were equally made about types of technologies to be adopted in order to safeguard the environment.

Prof. Nalova Lyonga, Vice Chancellor, represented the University of Buea and chaired the launching of the projects, Prof. Victor Ngoh; Deputy Vice Chancellor oversaw the first technical session while Prof. Samson Abangma, Registrar, led the first technical session. Expectations are now high to see the announced hunger fighting projects to take roots.

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