How do you manage your operation within your large family?
O.S: The whole family is working on my farm, but each of my women cultivates one hectare more, and then they do what they want with the money they earned on their plot.
How do you use your production?
O.S: We self-consume sorghum and corn, and sell sesame and cowpea even if we keep some of it for customary festivals.
What did the support of the Accir and Fert bring you?
O.S: First of all, it allowed me to start a new production: the cowpea. In the first year, I produced 300 kg per hectare. One year I even managed to harvest 1.3 t per hectare. In addition, I became a pilot producer for my group. This brought me a lot of knowledge and allowed me to increase my production and therefore have enough for marketing.
The Ohada law invites you to transform the union to which you belong as a cooperative, what is your view on this project?
O.S: I think that when there is a law, you have to throw yourself in it. I think we should start by creating a simplified cooperative before we go into a cooperative with a board of directors. I am not afraid to entrust the marketing of my production to a cooperative. As for the shares, it is not really a brake: what you give, you will reap it. Here, access to credit is very difficult, few producers can benefit from it. I would like the Accir to be able to move us forward.