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Farmer's Golden Hand Shake

Dominic Ndivo and his wife Sabina Ndivo both have been married for the last 42 years and are residents of Maweli Sub Location, Kyawango Location in Mwala Sub County for years and they have adopted the hardship and challenges of that area. They have been blessed with 7 children (3 boys & 4 girls).

Dominic has been a casual laborer and a peasant farmer for those years since he married Sabina. This was how they earned income. This family went through rough life times due to persistent rain shortage leading to regular hunger in the area. Their children have experienced school life differently; were often in and out of school for their parents could not afford to pay the school levies.

It was until when ADS E selected the area (MAKAKYA CBO) for intervention to reduce the degree of poverty level in the community. Dominic and his wife had little knowledge on good agricultural practices including the new farming technologies. They could plant maize as the only cereal and legumes in their 3 acre farm, they did not have skills of sorting seeds and early maturity crops.

They hardly afforded the school fees for their 7 children in primary school, secondary school and college studies, this was because they on average harvested 3 bags of maize and 1 bag of legumes in a year. This was a dilemma to them, whether to sell the produce for fees or store to feed their family.

There farm was affected by low fertility problems as the farm was used for long time. They realized that ADS E was training farmers on drought tolerant seeds, use of water efficiently through drip irrigation and high value crops, soil and water conservation, farmer trainings all theoretically and on farm training through demonstrations. Dominic been a member of Kumina Thina Kisaani SHG, he participated in most of the trainings.

After the trainings ie. year one of the project, Dominic started practicing the skills and choose to work on his 1 acre farm. Through soil and water conservation, he was able to restore soil fertility and increase drainage leading to increased crop production in his farm. In addition he learnt diversification and started a tree nursery.

What the family says:

We were trained on how to do terracing, making rigdes and zai pits on left, we have practiced and results are wonderful. Both technologies retain moisture in the soil after the rains subsidize therefore, this supports the plant even when the rains are un sufficient. I had passion on tree planting before ADS E but I did not skills to manage it, therefore after training on environmental conservation we established a tree nursery with 1500 seedlings of gruevilia, moringa, mango trees, paw paw etc each we sold at 10/= and earned 15,000/=

Maize intercropped with tomatoes have  been doing good and even last season we fetched reasonable returns after selling both and tree seedlings we had a gross of 47,200/= and net profit of 40,100/=. We do farm gate business, therefore no transport cost. I could not imagine my husband after he revealed the results to us.  After this we were able to pay for our second last born college fees and the rest used to develop our shallow well which we use to irrigate our farm. I now feel relieved.  God is good and let Him bless ADS E.

 

We have now decided to sub divide the 1 acre to plots and major on high value crops for they have much returns compared to others, this is why we have planted kales, spinach, carrots and tomatoes. This will give us money after a short while due quick maturity.

Therefore, I have budgeted for food for my family for the whole year, school fees and savings. I have a future with my family; look at the bananas, paw paws no more suffering; this is my golden hand shake.

I feel blessed for most of group members and community who failed to take it serious often came to learn from our small farm and especially. We are now anticipating for better returns during this time for we have invested seriously and most of community has failed to harvest on rain fed crops. Our elder son do support us very much though most of the time he spends time on his plot, he has bought the idea and the elder son has placed an order for a drip kit for the plot to help us irrigate the crops.

I am trained mason but I have dropped it because I hardly had money to support my family; I have learnt new farming technologies from daddy and mum. This affirms hopes for my futureI am trained mason but I have dropped it because I hardly had money to support my family; I have learnt new farming technologies from daddy and mum. This affirms hopes for my future Do you enjoy my products? Am proud to serve and give you the best.Do you enjoy my products? Am proud to serve and give you the best.
   
I have realized that money is all what we have; we need to sharpen our minds and do some value addition. I had passion of planting trees but the idea of majoring on high value trees was absent.I have realized that money is all what we have; we need to sharpen our minds and do some value addition. I had passion of planting trees but the idea of majoring on high value trees was absent. We give glory to the Living God, He has came to meet our family at the right time. This house is as result of savings made from the farm in two seasons.We give glory to the Living God, He has came to meet our family at the right time. This house is as result of savings made from the farm in two seasons.

 

 

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