Motto ;- "United We Stand Divided we fall"
Titus, Samuel and Robert on the move
REPORT ON THE 2015 EVALUATION VISITS TO NOWEPIFAC GROUPS AND PROJECTS.
Time frame of visits '- 28th March 2015 - 15thApril , 2015
The project management team NOWEPIFAC -
P O Box 729 - Bamenda
North West Region - Cameroon
The team of evaluator were members of the February 21st 2015, newly elected project committee by ACEFA staff for Mezam Division Mr. Chungong Divine. The visits were made following the schedule and work plan you can see bellow with a common agenda of all the meetings.
This report provides facts on the actual situation on the field as well as images and names of those who were present at the time of the evaluation on the side of NOWEPIFAC as well as on the side of the groups visited. In some groups, conflicts were resolved.
Introduction of Evaluation.With reference to the speech of the president on the 22nd December 2014 where he said our Dutch partners and others have requested for an evaluation report of NOWEPIFAC groups and projects, the schedule visits above intend to carry out a detail finding on the situation of the active groups of NOWPIFAC and that of some past sponsored projects as well as on-going projects. This report provides facts on the actual situation on the field as well as images and names of those who were present at the time of the evaluation on the side of NOWEPIFAC as well as on the side of the groups visited. In some groups, conflicts were resolved.
Left: Falling apart because of bad leadership / Right: "You want to take over power from me, no way"
Majority members of this group attend general meetings of the apex organization NOWEPIFAC both in Bawock and also in Bamenda and have been participating in most cooperative activities. They have started making contributions for their annual dues 2000frs each as agreed during the meeting of February 21st 2015. In all this group have 10pigs and 8piglets from one of the mother sows of one member.
Left: We are united / Right: "Lack of Feed is my greatest problem"
Six members were in attendance for the evaluation meeting. Members of this group were yet to start paying their 2.000 FRS annual dues for 2015. They received the visiting team with a lot of hospitality and supported their movement with 2000 FRS CFA. Members also promised to support re-stocking of the Bawock feed store by making a share contribution that will raise the running capital to start the feed store.
They were invited to join other groups in the reception of two people, one from Japan (Mr. Steven) and the other from America (MdeBev) on the 16th April 2015 at the Cooperative head office in Bawock. They were coming for an ARI graduate impact study because NOWEPIFAC general president just returned from Japan December 2014. The photo bellow of the group members only ended the visit.
Left: "Together we stand, divided we fall" / Right: Mabeh "Our President is our example"
It was agreed that on the general meeting day to be scheduled to appraise the evaluation visits, members of this group as well as others will bring a list of persons interested to join the shareholder scheme and another meeting of these persons only will be called up to discuss how to engage in the pig cooperative feed business. The annual dues money collected will be handed to the treasurer on the meeting day that ends the visit.
After some refreshment the meeting ended with a group picture and a visit to the fence of Mr.Gearge to confirm the female piglet handed to one of the group members which was alleged to be too small for POG(Passing on the Gift). Members contributed 2000 FRS to make up for the fuel of the evaluation team.
"Selecting a female piglet for our POG beneficiary member"
The cooperative feed mill equipment and some documents in Bawock are kept by the delegate of this group pending the completion of the Cooperative building.
The visiting team was given 1000frs to make up for fuel transport from Bamenda.
At the general assembly meeting that took place on Friday 24th April 2015 in Bawock to evaluate the visits and take resolutions, another meeting for Douala Fed- Fed group was scheduled (after discussing with the group delegate and some members) for Wednesday 29th April 2015 at 9.00AM prompt.
All members were advised to be present and on time.
"Sorry we had no information about your coming"
RE-Scheduled Meeting 29th April 2015;-
Despite the fact that members of this group were notified ahead of time, some of them were unavoidably absent. Those who were present came on time. Before starting the meeting, the team of evaluators went to check on the pig pen donated by the Dutch embassy in Yaound? to the group delegate MdeHellen. It was quite shocking and disappointing that the fence was empty and ask why MdeHellen said when she put pigs inside the pen the pigs die and she said the government vet authority of Bawock advised her to remove the plumb tree that shaded the pig pen. When advised to allow the pen be used by another member instead of allowing it empty she said she was to occupy it as soon as in two weeks' time.
During the meeting we realize that members were in conflict with the group delegate and so prefer to deal directly with the cooperative administration directly rather than by passing through their group delegate. Gossiping and back stabbing between members was said to be the main problem so much so that information flow was difficult because no love existed amongst members. Participation in the group farm activities and weekly/monthly contributions were no longer possible, therefore the group was disintegrating slowly with time giving the reasons for the poor meeting attendance rather than the false excuses/justifications given for their absence. The common advise given to the group was that of true reconciliation rather than disintegration given the fact that gossiping even though not good is common among human and difficult to eradicate. The group was advised to regain their group activities and continue with regular meetings to exchange views and share their joy and sorrow together as one family because the success of the apex organization NOWEPIFAC depends very much on the strength of its member groups.
Good example of wasting resources. (Donatedpig pen not under use).
This is rather unfair and must be strongly condemned because those who actually need it don't have. Whose fault??.
Left: It is not a crime to speak out your mind. / Right: We could be more than this number, but why?
"Project site now empty, no pigs, no structure"
The team made up of Mr.Wato Samuel and Titus left for Baba 1 Ndop in the morning of Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 8.00 am and before 11.00am they arrived the project site and what they saw is what you can see in the pictures bellow. 5pigs(one boar three guilt and one pregnant sow). The project had expanded to other members and the pregnant sow in the picture bellow is owned by a beneficiary of the passing over the gift (POG). This farmer has no infrastructure but rather is currently preparing a fence with Indian Bamboo as preparation for the pig's delivery (Farrowing).
At the site we were made to know that the group activities of the Feshang women were still going on very sustainably and strong to the extent that some Muslim women members decided to start pig rearing in Baba 1 community, quite strange enough. In the absence of MdeYariHotencia and her focal person in the village the team was left with no other option than to get back to Bamenda without exhausting the visit agenda as it was the case in other places.
The take home message was that the project was very much alive and members needed support on housing to expand the POG and also to add the existing group fence. The also expressed the need of fencing the existing fence for fear of theft and also to control stray animals as well as persons from visiting their pigs.
This call was made during one of their extra-ordinary group meeting called up by the group delegate to review and respond to the evaluation visit circular from NOWEPIFAC office that was sent to all delegates of groups to be visited.
What sounds ironical and strange about these words of this group delegate is the fact that more than half the members of this group have benefited from the pig Van Djouke project receiving pigs and feed concentrates for their animal and some of these members have received more than ones.
Furthermore,these utterancesof the group delegate were supported by NOWEPIFAC next in command, Mr. Gyeh Steven who is memberof the group giving his reasons that he has not benefited from the POG project of Djouke the Dutch girl since it started. Mr. Abundong Johnson, NOWEPIFAC board member and adviser who has benefited twice from the "Pig Van Djouke Project" and is the former delegate of this group is by implication accepting the idea that the group should not receive the evaluation team following the words of their new group delegate Mr. AgwoyaDaniel.
Upon arrival at the group delegates place he was horridly getting into a passing taxi saying he was late for an appointment with his doctor at the hospital. As he moved away in the taxi, the visiting team saw another member/secretary of the group Mr. Kumcho Moses who confirmed what we heard from their group delegate on phone. He said, Hans Blanket fund has not sponsored any project for their group so needless receiving visitors for an evaluation. The team lamented with the wrong conception of the visit by these group members who thought the team was only coming to evaluate Hans Blanked funded projects.
Prior to settling down for detail discussion with the group members, the visiting team went first to the project to see what was there and were so impressed to see that the project was quite sustainable with pigs inside three of the five room fences. One was pregnant and soon to farrow and the other female was just ready for crossing. The boar used in serving the females was in a separate room, well fed and good lucking.
NB (Images got stocked in the phone memory rather than in the memory card as our Camera was in crisis and we used the phone instead)..
Present to receive the visiting team were four members as the others were busy with other social engagements. Mr.Housia who now is the new group delegate taking over from Mr.Tembi Joseph says he has difficulties running the group because several opposing views from the group members influence partly by his predecessor Mr. Tembi Joseph who wish that the group should not progress as NOWEPIFAC board came and removed him from the group delegate post. He even went as far as proposing that group landed property be sold and money distributed to members and that the project pigs/infrastructure be sold and money equally distributed to members. The new group delegate Mr. Housia, Mr.Munyam Roger and two others rejected the proposal and promised to refund whatever any of those in support of the proposal have contributed for the purchase of land or made as contribution towards the realization of the group project. He also said it was not realistic demolishing the project without concerting with the apex organization, NOWEPIFAC that mediated for its funding. He said that will be acting statelaw and regulation.
After review our days agenda and passing on the necessary information to the group we congratulated the new group delegate for his firm decision not to dissolve the group and for their combine efforts to see the project at the level at which it is. They were also encouraged to have full commitment and participation in activities organized by the apex organization The group was briefed on the past training of NOWEPIFAC general president in Japan 2014 and the importance of that training to them as pig/agriculture farmers. A date for restitution training for the group will be scheduled in the days ahead. The team left satisfied with the deliberations and participation of the Bugndeh pig farmers in attendance.
The oil press project of the group is located further in the village of Ambelleand reported not to be functioning with reasons that the engine has problems that the technicians in Widikum can not handle and attempts to bring the technician from Bamenda town failed. When ask why it failed, the group delegate MdeBukum Elisabeth said the technician was requesting for large sum of money which group members were not willing to contribute because the feel disappointed with the whole equipment which according to them have not saved them for long before beginning to have trouble.
After a long debate and discussion with the members present for the meeting we came to the conclusion that while the group delegate find out the possibility of replacing the mill with a more serviceable and mobile one which they claim is in circulation around the village, NOWEPIFAC project coordinator will get back to Bamenda town and concert with the fabricators of the mill to know what actually is the problem with the Oil press engine and what it takes in total to put it functional again.
According to the members, even if the engine is repaired, it is not movable as others so the will always be the problem of how to bring the palm nuts for processing to the oil press which is on the same spot and people now prefer the mobile type because it come to the site of nuts and not vise versa. Faced with all of these difficult puzzles we came to the conclusion that the oil press after all will be replaced if we can sell the stationary one after considering/ resolving its current crisis with the engine.
The visit agenda was exhausted and the relevant information shared before the close of the meeting late in the evening at the head office in Widikum at the residence of one of its members.
13th Group;- Mobile Livestock CIG ( "Mobile Consultancy Livestock service - MCLS" ) Wednesday 15th April 2015The main objective of this group is animal welfare service and education. This group carries out a door to door animal health care service and organizes training seminars for farmers in different localities. Members of this group aremainly family and friends sharing a common vision and having mutual benefit from the professional activities of each other which are socially and economically supportive.
For example, Mr. Bam peter that is a shoe manufacturer and does shoe repairs helps the family of Awah Wando as well as that of Atomba Titus in that domain. Mr. Atomba Titus treats and takes care of the health of the pigs and pets of the other two friends as a veterinarian. Mr. Awah Wando does motorcycle repair service, servicing the motorcycle which Atomba Titus uses for animal vaccination programs and general animal welfare service as well as repairs that of Mr. Bam peterl.
These three family/friends share in the joy and sorrow of each other. Another strong point of this group is the fact that they meet every Sunday at 1.00PM and Wednesdays at 6.30PM to discuss issues affecting the different families and during this time, they carry out a financial contribution popularly known as "Njangi" or rotatory serving scheme giving to one member and next time giving to another member. Neutral neighbors who are not members of MCLS but like the rotatory saving scheme are allowed to join. Through this Njangi contribution, members have been able to realize many family projects like building of their staying homes/houses (For Example, the homes of the three family friends, Titus, Awah and Bam), sending their children to school etc.
It must be noted that this group is the founder of NOWEPIFAC and the brain behind the dreams, vision and mission of the North West pig farmers cooperative Society. It prepares proposed action plans for NOWEPIFAC general assemble to debate and adopt for implementation. Two members of this group Mr. Bam Peter and Awah Wando have benefited from the Pig Van Djouke Project and have passed on the gift of female piglet to other deserving beneficiaries.
Members of this group paid their annual contribution of 2,000Frs. each and as with the other groups the agenda of the evaluation visit was exhausted and Mr. Menga Robert, member of the evaluation team ask members of MCLS to make efforts to attend general assembly meetings in Bawock as they too are making efforts to attend the same meetings in Bamenda.
He also ask them to buy shares so that the animal feed stores should have all the necessary feed ingredients needed to compose balanced rations for pigs. Mr. Wato Samuel reminded them of the visit of the next day, Thursday, 16th April 2015 which they were expected to come.
END OF VISITS EVALUATION MEETING
NB;- Source of funding is group annual dues contribution and free will donation.
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