Un potentiel de chèvres et de poules chez les Baka

APPUIS AUX BAKASENSIBILISATION DANS LA RÉGION DE L’EST

Le Projet de développement de l’élevage, PRODEL, a interessé les campements baka des départements de la Kadei, de la Boumba-et-Ngoko, et du Haut-Nyong aux opportunités du Projet en 2018.
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février 13, 2019

Un potentiel de chèvres et de poules chez les Baka

Par février 13th, 2019 Dans Composante II, Appuis aux Bakas

Towards the end of stereotypes? The Baka People accept to undergo a self-revolution. They do not promise to stop being hunters and gatherers. But they are readily accepting to be called «livestock farmers». They spoke to PRODEL awareness teams. It was via two operators. Green Development Advocate covered the 21 Baka villages in the Upper-Nyong division. As for Pygmod, similar work was done in 15 Baka communities in the Kadei and the same number in Boumba-and- Ngoko divisions.

Those participatory consultations allowed PRODEL to listen to the expectations of the Baka people. They say that they are willing to carry out livestock activities. Their focus is on goats and chickens. Some camps are already used to it as Célestin Amougou, member of the Baka community of Nkolmbong, did confirm: «We are willing to raise pigs and chickens. We saw our Bantou neighbours doing livestock farming. We too can successfully do it. We have already set up an association. Our receipt is even available. PRODEL is coming to us as a gift from heaven. There is no financial requirement. Livestock products will also enable us to heal ourselves. We will also take advantage of this to send our children to school.

We can as well start work today, provided we have the pigs and chickens at our disposal’’. The Baka people used to be guardian of the animals of others. In reality, goats and chickens belonged to their neighbours, the Bantou. They therefore accepted to move from the status of ordinary animal watchdogs to the one of owners. It was proudly said by Blaise Yéyé, a member of the Baka community in Nkolmbong: «I raised my chickens by giving them corn. They did not sleep on trees. I put them inside my hut.

The money from the chickens helped me to heal sick children. I am waiting for my chicken endowment to start over’’. The farming of goats and chickens is of interest for food needs. The Baka justify their will to get into the said activity through the urgent need to form a kind of saving for illnesses. They have never known of any form of health insurance. Goats and chickens also represent school credits. However, the honey sector frightens them because of the bees, Francis Mboundji, though. The Chief of the Baka community in Bamenda added : ‘’we prefer to raise goats. Honey does not interest us too much even if we like it.

But we do not know how to keep it. The theft of chickens and goats is no longer intense. The words gendarmerie and police deter thieves. They are afraid of them. We will eat some of the production”. The Baka people mostly complain about the selling price of their products. Francis Mboundji regrets some recurring facts: «Resellers buy our products at a reduce price. They may have the courage to offer to buy a rooster at 400 francs.

Prices here are too low. Our salvation can only come from distant buyers. There is a lot of deception on merchandise. We sell almost for nothing. The adventure will be messy if you think that we will continue to carry the goods on the head and sell through the village like street vendors. We will not get anything out of it. We need hens and goats. We can raise them. We will consume only the wounded or injured. ”

Dr Jean Marcial Bell and Télesphore Mba Bizo