Until recently Green Care Association has been training remote farmers in Apiculture. This approach has been improved to training and setting up demonstration farms as was the case in Mbuluf village of Bui Division in Cameroon. Instead of discouraging the cultural cylinder Hives Green Care introduced the Top bar Hive as alternative in its demonstration farm.
This approach targets to change cultural bee farming which for the most part is difficult, less productive and environmentally unfriendly.
Theophile who happened to be part of the installation team happily declared “ I now understand clearly what you guys were talking about Top Bar Hives. Its quite easy” Bee farming is a generation old practice but what is common in Bui Division is traditional and unproductive compare to the modern techniques. Thanks to Global Giving funds which enable Green Care to construct the Top Hives, Transport and install. They are going to serve as a good source of income generation and doubles as ideal farm for the common good. GlobalGiving donations are really life changing. Thank you so much.
In efforts to catch up with increasing demands at the Agricultural training Centre, GCA recently acquired more materials for its trainings. The materials included seven Shelves for many bags of substrate material and mushroom planting boxes. With these, there is a huge potential to facilitate the training of many more farmers for months to come. Additionally these materials are helping to provoke further research into various types of substrate material for the common good in the area. These efforts are not without difficulties as the material are proving to be so attractive to buds, and rats that help to destroy the very essence of the research. Another cause for concern is the presence of green mould which often ramifies the substrate material faster than the require mushroom. One of GCA staff Justin happily declared “Am becoming a happy researcher in Mushroom Cultivation issues” Thanks to Global Giving funds GCA is are able to venture into more research and seek alternatives to fight the rats and attempt ways to handle the green mould.
In line with Green Care’s efforts to promote sustainable agricultural practices, Green Care Association (GCA) recently started to train all its staff members in Oyster mushroom cultivation. We are planning to improve in seed production and also the farming of the Agaricus species of mushroom in the near future. By teaching community members mushroom cultivation, this endeavor is going to give subsistence farmers and impoverished households an additional source of income, which can cover costs such as school fees and medical bills. Additionally, consumption of mushrooms will increase the protein intake of community members alongside the many medicinal benefits that go with the consumption of mushroom.
Since GCA has started this project, many community dwellers are already buying mushrooms cultivated by GCA, and some have asked to be trained in mushroom farming. The material and equipment for the first training was sponsored with funds from Global Giving. GCA now has the challenge to construct a big farm mushroom farm to meet demand for mushrooms, mushroom seeds, and mushroom cultivation workshops. Following the success of the first workshops sponsored in part by GlobalGiving donations, we have a new found determination to expand the mushroom production project, if we can continue to find support in the GlobalGiving community. Justin, one of the staff of GCA, wanted to convey his appreciation by saying, “Thanks to the support GlobalGiving has given us the opportunity to make Mushroom Cultivation happen!”