Franck AVIKPO, about thirty, was born in Abomey, 133 km from Cotonou in central Benin. Married and father of one child, he comes from a forest father and a seamstress mother. He spent his school and university studies in Lokossa and Cotonou. Holder of a Master's degree in Geography, he is currently pursuing his Master's studies in Environment, in parallel with his activity of production of cashew tree grafted seedlings that he started in 2015 in his nursery located in Savè, 253 Km from Cotonou. One year later (2016), his collaboration with BeninCajù began.
" Before BeninCajù, my production was 7000 plants per year; I had very little visibility and no means of mobilizing resources for the development of my activity. I worked in the informal sector and my turnover was around 500,000 CFA francs per year. I benefited from many trainings on: substrate preparation (Bokashi), grafting techniques and good nursery management practices in Tanzania to increase my production; donation of agricultural equipment (watering cans, sieve, sprayer, pots, shovel). Today, I produce 20,000 seedlings a year and my turnover has increased to 2,000,000 CFA. I was able to acquire a new site." Franck AVIKPO.
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