Bio-Fertilizers & Bio-Pesticides: The Way Forward for a Sustainable Agricultural Future
My name is Fanka Christa Marie A Yenah, a Cameroonian by nationality. I am an Agronomist/Agricultural Economist. I was born on the 14th of August 1986 at Shisong, Kumbo in the North West Region of Cameroon.
I graduated with a Double M.Sc. in Sustainable Agriculture and Agricultural Economics from Chiang Mai University,Thailand & University of Hohenheim, Germany. I am the CEO of RADI Organics Limited, an agro-company that is set to produce organic fertilizer (Super-Limax) and bio-pesticide (Winox) for an environmental friendly, safe, climate-smart and sustainable world. The bio-fertilizer (Super-Limax) is produced from local raw materials which are rich in soil organic carbon.
This fertilizer is also cheap for farmers to afford. The bio-pesticide (Winox) is made up of plant extracts with considerations of eco-friendliness and multiple mode of action against pests. The increasing demand of organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides stem from negative consequences of chemical fertilizers and pesticides resulting to environmental pollution and residual toxicity to humans. Super-Limax fertilizer and Winox would go a long way to solve soil fertility depletion and pest resistance to crops by increasing crop productivity in a cost-effective, safe and environmental friendly manner.
My motivation came from my parents who are farmers. My father used only livestock waste in his farm and obtained high and stable yields. For my mother, she used mostly chemical fertilizers (Urea) in her farm which was costly and yields were alternating year by year. I observed the two fields closely and discovered that my father used less and obtain more yields over the years.
This is so because he continuously used the same product which was environmental friendly and safe for soil organisms. From my observations, I discovered that organic fertilizers have a process approach which is good over the long-term and chemical fertilizers have a treatment approach which is good for a short-term but disastrous over the long term. Recently, there is increasing organic food production and consumer demand in both developed and developing countries due to the health benefits and eco-safety advantages associated with organic farm inputs.
I am at the implementation phase of setting an organic fertilizer (Super-Limax) and bio-pesticide (Winox) company at Ber-Jakiri Sub-Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. The project is set to commence in April 2016 and is highly recommended by local farmers, local organizations, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IRAD) based on results from our maize & rice demonstration plots in August 2015. I have built a small company and acquired local raw materials needed for the production of these organic products with the help of my husband. My main constraint is the acquisition of machinery needed for the production from Nigeria.
If granted $5000, I would be able to purchase the following five machinery items: Paddle mixer, rotary dryer, granulator, bag sealers and pelletizer to be used for production by late April 2016.Our target is to reach more than 10 million farmers in Cameroon,some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond by 2017 with our organic products. My sole purpose is to promote organic agricultural practices for a climate-smart and sustainable future.
Blogpost and pictures submitted by Christa Marie A.Yenah (Cameroon) – christa.marie86(at)googlemail.com
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