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Environmental campaigner tasks stakeholders to promote traditional farming

This advocacy comes at a time when the  Investment and Market Development Project PIDMA has announced the importation of 1000…

This advocacy comes at a time when the  Investment and Market Development Project PIDMA has announced the importation of 1000 tons of hybrid corn seeds from South Africa to boost food supply in Cameroon.

HoweverSylvie Djacbou, Green Peace Africa Forest campaigner lamented the fact that such genetically modified  seeds are introduced into the country without adequately training farmers  who have been used to and efficient with their traditional methods.

“For farmers who have largely believed in the efficiency of traditional farming methods, Greenpeace Africa is alarmed that PIDMA is introducing genetically modified corn seeds to them without adequately training the farmers about the environmental pitfalls of such products,” she said.

Dependency on the genetically modified seeds by farmers could see farmers rely heavily on agrochemical products that have adverse impact on the environment, according to the campaigner.

Cameroon is importing the yellow (Pannar 12) and white (Pannar 15) hybrid corn seeds. The vast majority of GE crops are insect resistant or herbicide tolerant. These traits are known to have adverse effects on local ecosystems and could well compromise the farming system based on traditional seeds,”Sylvie Djacbou said.

“We believe it is disingenuous for PIDMA to emphasise farmer’s profitability at the expense of strengthening food security and long term sustainability of the agricultural sector,” she added.

It is imperative for the Gorvernment, World Bank and stake holders to revive and encourage the traditional and ecological farming practices that enabled Cameroon to export corn for the past forty four years, she stressed.

 

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