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The government of Cameroon is reviewing strategies aimed at stopping the importation of rice by boosting local production.

The government of Cameroon is reviewing strategies aimed at stopping the importation of rice by boosting local production.

The assurance was given during an Inter-ministerial mission led by the Minister Delegate in the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Abdulah Yahoba is in Bamenda with objective to lay hands on challenges in the rice farming sector and measures to boost the sector.

Making a stop at the paddy fields in Ndop in the Ngokentunjia Division gave the Inter-ministerial delegation of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development an “avant gout” of the potentials of rice farming in the North West Region.

Here, almost 4000 hectares of rice are being cultivated, without including rice imported by individuals. Two of the major challenges highlighted by rice farmers include; transportation of rice from the farms to the markets and financing the farming.

In order to affront these challenges and produce in large scales, the Government aims at putting in place a program for development and extension of rice farming in Cameroon. Going by the published mission of the program, the target is to produce one million, two hundred tons (1,200,000 tons) of rice per year.

In the course of the mission, Cameroon News today-CNT learned that the Minister Abdulah Yahoba argued that; “Cameroon produces just 100,000 tons of rice per year and imports between 500,000 and 600, 000 tons. We have to wake up. This is why the President of the Republic, Paul Biya wants that Cameroon stops being a rice importer”.