orn in the town of Tchaourou, 359 km from Cotonou in northern Benin, Amadou, in his fifties, is the President of the Regional Union of Cashew Growers (URPA) Borgou-Alibori. Married with nine children, he is passionate about agriculture, particularly cashew farming, which he started 20 years ago in association with other crops such as corn and soybeans that he cultivates on an 8-hectare plantation.
He has known the BeninCajù project since 2016 which trained him on the spacing of trees to prune. Before, cashew was planted like corn. The dimensions were not respected.
"Before BeninCajù, I knew nothing about rehabilitation, pruning, my plantations were like simple vegetation. I produced 200 kg of cashew nuts per season. I had no agricultural or commercial skills. I joined the BeninCajù project in 2016. I received training on plantation maintenance techniques, plant selection, good production, harvesting and post-harvest practices, and crop association. The application of this knowledge allowed me to increase my yield. Currently, I produce 800 kg of nuts per hectare per year. " Amadou OROU GOURA. Read more here.