On December 19th, the Moroccan Office of Phosphates (OCP) Cameroon, a subsidiary of the Moroccan group OCP Africa, a world leader in phosphate, will organize a conference in the town of Bafoussam, bringing together more than 100 agropastoral producers. As part of an extension program of good agricultural practices for rational fertilization in the corn sector.
According to OCP Cameroon, the right choice to start with the corn sector is justified by a socio-economic logic. National maize production, which still remains below 2 tonnes per hectare, still does not meet national demand, hence the importance of improving and enriching soil quality with quality fertilizers, but also by a suitable and performing plant material. “One of the major challenges for switching from intensive agriculture to intensive farming in Cameroon will be the adaptability of inputs, which is part of a holistic approach to rational fertilization, focusing on the future of agricultural land and taking into account the nutritional requirements of plants “, explains Jean-Bosco Onguene, director of the agronomic department of OCP Cameroon and director of the extension program.
Thus, OCP Cameroon aims to sensitize more than 5,500 small producers in the Grand West (North-West, West and Littoral) to good practices of fertilization in the next maize season. Awareness-raising will take place through the implementation of thirty demonstration plots in the two agro-ecological zones in the western region to experiment with pairs of inputs: hybrid seeds with high yield, fertilizers and/or pesticides depending on the specificity of the soil.