Energy Farming Expo

The arrival of three new tractors was a cause for celebration at the HIC and will be a great help for local farmers in Cameroon’s Bui Division. The modern equipment will be available to farmers through a service rental program, which will allow them to till, plow and irrigate their fields.

Farmers and students watch as Energy Farming technician Collins Litika demonstrates a tiller.

Farmers and students watch as Energy Farming technician Collins Litika demonstrates a tiller.

During a public expo hosted by the HIC School of Energy Farming, farmers from as far as two hours away viewed the new equipment, saw different tractor attachments in action in the HIC garden, and learned about how the service rental program can assist their own cultivation. They also received a tour of the Energy Farming Demonstration Garden and viewed a display about the new line of medicinal teas, developed through a collaboration between the School of Energy Farming and the HIC Total Health Center.

Total Health Center consultant Laisin Wirngo describes how medicinal herbs grown by the School of Energy Farming become products such as tea, honey and ointments, available in the Total Health Center.

Total Health Center consultant Laisin Wirngo describes how medicinal herbs grown by the School of Energy Farming become products such as tea, honey and ointments, available in the Total Health Center.

By bringing new agricultural tools and methods to Kumbo, the School of Energy Farming is giving farmers the opportunity to cultivate more land with greater ease. In most parts of Cameroon, fields lay barren during the dry season, but with this introduction of irrigation equipment, local farmers will have the means to extend the growing season. With access to these tools and services, farmers will be better able to provide a sustainable crop yield and income for their families.

HIC volunteer Jeff Abella explains the mechanics of the irrigation system.

HIC Managing Director Jeff Abella explains the mechanics of the irrigation system.

The powerful arc of the irrigation sprinkler system can spray up to 40 meters.

The powerful arc of the irrigation sprinkler system can spray up to 40 meters.

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