Socio-economic, technical characteristics and challenges in indigenous (taurine-type cattle) beef production in Cameroon

Author: E.T. Ojong, P.M. Oben, T.B.A. Hako, K.A. Etchu, J.S. Motsa’a, N.N. Wozerou & T.C. Keambou
Year: 2021
Issue: 1
Volume: 14
Page: 9 - 21

The study evaluated the socio-economic, production parameters and challenges facing Cameroon taurine cattle farmers in ten regions of Cameroon. A single-visit using the multiple-subject survey method was carried out by face-to-face interviews using structured questionnaires. A total of 175 farmers were interviewed in the presence of their animals for breed-type verification. Taurine-type breed cattle in this study were the Namchi, Kapsiki, Bakossi and Bamenda. A majority of the indigenous cattle farmers in this study had no formal education and 51.1% inherited their cattle herds from parents. Many farmers kraaled their animals at night, and let them roam-free to graze during the day. More than 50% of farmers supplementary fed their animals; 81.5% allowed cattle to freely mate; 95.6% faced cattle production challenges, and despite challenges, 95.7% made a profit from indigenous taurine-type cattle production. It was concluded that indigenous taurine cattle farming is profitable and beneficial to the rural population in Cameroon as it is a source of income for the rural families. There is a need to provide farmers in modern production and financial management as well as to open a cattle-breeding centre to study the breed further was identified.Ojong ET_2021 Vol 14 (1)

Keywords: Bakosi, Bamenda, Farmers, Kapsiki, Namchi
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