The 6th Cameroon Livestock Fair opened on Friday in the country’s mountainous Adamawa region in a bid to alleviate poverty in rural areas, according to the region’s governor, Kildadi Taguieke Boucar.

“Livestock is very important to our country. This activity fights against poverty and famine through revenue generation,” Boucar told reporters at the opening of the fair in Ngaoundere, the capital of Cameroon’s Adamawa region.

For three days, 2,500 livestock producers from the 10 regions of the country will exhibit their livestock and learn about innovative pastoral practices and the use of new animal biotechnologies during the annual fair.

According to the National Association of Livestock Farmers (CNEBCAM), Cameroon has 5.6 million cattle, 7 million small ruminants, and 15,000 horses and donkeys in terms of the livestock population.

It is a key source of revenue to about 30 percent of Cameroon’s rural population and contributes about 20 percent to overall agricultural gross domestic product. Enditem

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