Cameroon seeks alternatives to bushmeat

21 August 2008 Science News

Elisabeth Benkam, Voices of Africa reporter in Yaounde, Cameroon

To fight poaching, the Cameroonian ministry of animal husbandry and fishing launched in 2002 a grasscutter  breeding initiative in favour of the national Association of the breeders of the grasscutter  (ANEAC).

The ministry says the goal is to stop wild bushmeat consumption that is strongly rooted in local habits and culture not only in rural areas but also and above all in cities.

A local anti-poaching organisation known as DABAC (Development of alternatives in the poaching in central Africa) is assisting the government by promoting grasscutter  breeding. With funding from the European Development Fund, the DABAC conducted a study that concluded that 30 percent of meat consumption nationwide came from hunting.

ABEAC chairperson Lisette Florence Peyo, a civil engineer, has been grasscutter breeder since 2001. Her farm has now 140 grasscutter s taken care of by two people. A mature grasscutter can weigh up to 4 kilos are can be sold for 20,000 Francs CFA (about €6,5)


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