165 pregnant heifers are expected on the tarmac at Garoua international airport on October 2nd, 2020. They are imported from France. The government opted for the Montbéliarde breed. It has the advantage of having easier adaptation to harsh climatic conditions. Plenty of water and grass guarantee a production of 20 liters of milk per day per cow. Technological implications in milking make it possible to intensify production.
The selection of beneficiaries was the subject of numerous consultations. Possession of pasture fields and water points are essential. A whole set of specifications bind the beneficiaries to the livestock administration.
The heifers will leave Garoua for the Louguéré breeding station. The goal is to meet acclimatization needs. The shepherds of the beneficiaries will also stay there. They will take part in appropriate/adapted trainings. The distribution will take place later. A list of veterinarians to be contracted will be made available to them in order to ensure the health monitoring of the pregnant heifers.
The current wave of imports is part of the translation into reality of the national policy on genetic improvement. Cameroon is thus targeting an increase in its milk production. It has a deficit of 120,000 tons per year. Importing milk and milk products still costs the public treasury 20 billion francs a year.