Landmark Research Journals Of Agriculture and Soil Science 
November 2015 Vol. 2(2), pp. 026-033  
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Full Length Research Paper

 

Socio-economic Effects of Animal Traction on Agricultural Development in the North West Region of Cameroon

Ngeh MN1,2, Manu IN1, Tohnain N1, Tarla DN3, Muluh GN2, Fon DE4,.

1Department of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension, FAAS, University of Dschang;

2Mission de Développement du Nord-Ouest (MIDENO)/GP-DERUDEP, Bamenda ;

3Department of Plant Protection, FAAS, University of Dschang;

4Department of Rural Economics, FAAS, University of Dschang.

*Corresponding Author's Email: maryngeh@yahoo.com

Accepted 21 November, 2015

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to examine the effect of animal traction on agricultural development in the North West Region of Cameroon. The study sought to analyze the effects of the intermediate technology on agricultural development, specifically on farm sizes, time it takes to prepare a given piece of land, productivity and production, feeding, farmers’ incomes, family health, education of children, housing and savings. The purposive sampling method was employed in the selection of communities and respondents. A sample of 80 respondents using the technology in Ngoketunjia, Donga Mantung and Menchum Divisions was retained. Data collected was analyzed with the help of the SPSS software. The results revealed that animal traction has reduced drudgery and improved on the wellbeing of the farming population in the North West Region as shown by an increase in farm size, reduction in time to prepare land and increased family incomes. For second generation agricultural policy of the government of Cameroon to be attained in the North West Region, it is recommended that more farmers be trained in animal traction and provided with implements at subsidized rates, and local artisanal manufacturing of the animal traction implements be encouraged and supported.

Keywords: Animal traction, Intermediate Technology, Cameroon.


 

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