The presence of large multinational plantations and small holder cash crop plantations in Fako Division have led to massive loss of forest and the disappearance of most timber and Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) tree species. This project wants to raise more than 5000 seedlings of timber and NTFPs as livelihood support material to 150 local farmers in the Owe and Ikata Villages of the Muyuka sub division. These seedlings will serve for farm integration, income and forest regeneration
Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and timber are major sources income to many families. But increase in demand of NTFPs and timber has endangered the survival of many of these species. Examples; (Afrostylrax lepidophyllus), called Country onion, a spice used in many local dishes and (Baillonella toxisperma) Njabe. These plants are now found only in distant forest far off from the reach of local harvesters. There is need for Seedlings to local farmers for farm integration and income generation
Sensitisation via flyers, posters, hand bills and local announcement in order create awareness, Focus group meetings with farmers and other stakeholders in order to introduce project idea, establish concepts and purpose, Setting of an integrated tree nursery for NTFPs and timber in order to create a seed bank for distribution of seedlings to local farmers. The use of vegetative plant propagation; budding, grafting, etc in order to reduce the age of plant species from planting to flowering
Local farmers are uninformed on the socioeconomic importance of NTFPs and some timber species, and the environmental effects of their activities. The project will Increased awareness on the socioeconomic importance of NFTPs and timber, on conserving NTFPs and timber for regeneration and farm integration. Availability of seedlings of some NTFPs and timber to local farmers. This will improve farm income. Project will directly benefit 150 farmers and indirectly benefits more than 1000 people.