The handing over took place at the MINPOSTEL conference hall in Yaoundé during a solemn ceremony on the 10th June 2016.
The wait is finally over. The long awaited agro pastoral portal, dubbed Camagro is now ready for exploitation by Cameroonians, particularly stakeholders in the agro pastoral sector. The Camargo portal was handed over to the government of Cameroon on the 10th June 2016 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Posts and telecommunications after a convention was signed between the General Manager of Camtel, David NkotoEmane and the Minister of Posts and telecommunications, Minette Libong Li Likeng in the presence of other high profile government officials.
Actors in the agro pastoral industry (fishing, livestock, farming etc.) can now boast of a platform through which they can enhance their activities and make them better known to the public. This, is henceforth possible with the concretization and putting in place of Camagro platform at the disposal of all Cameroonians.
It should be recalled that Camagro is a government digital platform that aims to facilitate agro-pastoral transactions by converging actors in the sector through specialised ICTs in the domain of agriculture, fishing and animal production and commercialisation. The platform also has as mission, the acceleration of Cameroon’s transition to Second Generation agriculture. It can be accessed through the web, mobile applications and devices, and electronic messages.
Speaking during the ceremony, the General Manager of Camtel said the Camagro portal will enable actors in the sector to be more productive and overcome many challenges they face, thereby becoming more competitive. He further stressed that the platform will serve as a practical response to agro-pastoral problems in Cameroon. He said so far, the portal has witnessed more than 1000 subscriptions.
On her part, the Minister of Posts and telecommunications encouraged all Cameroonians especially those who are actively involved in the agribusiness to fully make use of this important tool initiated and put in place by Camtel in collaboration with the government. Camagro, she said, will provide large scale information in real time on the different agricultural and livestock products produced and commercialized in Cameroon. The portal, the Minister also said, is a virtual marketplace for agribusiness operators and as such it will eliminate unwanted intermediaries along the supply chain thereby increasing the net profit of operators. She further said that through this platform, many jobs and activities will be created thus contributing in making Cameroon catch up with the world in the domain of digital economy.
The Minister did not end her speech without applauding the efforts of Camtel and the leadership of its ingenious General Manager in the realisation of such an important government project. The platform is therefore without doubt, an important gateway to the development and boosting of the digital economy in Cameroon.
Godwin EFFI AGBOR