The Cameroonian government plans, under the Valorization of Investments in the Valley of the Benue Project, which just entered its operation phase, to develop 800 ha of cultivable land.
"We are moving on to the active phase, which consists of putting in place tools to improve agricultural production in the Benue basin," explained Jean Abate Edi'i, the Governor of the Northern Region, who chaired the first session of the Regional Technical Monitoring Group of the Viva Benue project. The land area to be developed will be put under exploitation next year, we learned. According to available information, this is the first phase of a vast project aiming at developing 10,000 hectares on both sides of the Benue River.
The government seeks, through this initiative, to increase cereal production and consequently reduce the cereal import bill, estimated at more than CFA160 billion a year. To achieve this, the project eases access to land and water irrigation system for farmers. It is scheduled to last seven years and swallow up to €232.92 million (about CFA152.78 billion). The World Bank is contributing CFA117 billion (76% of financing) and the Cameroon government CFA4.1 billion. The remaining amount is to be provided by the project beneficiaries.
Michel Ange Nga