1. The application of improved farming methods resulted in better yields than the previous year, despite the dry spell.
2. We've sustained Aubergines, Kale, two variety of peas and tomatoes for 3 months now, as we prepare for the subsequent season
What challenges did or does your project face?
Pests and Diseases kept us on our toes and cost us a lot more than we had budgeted for. The water melon was impossible to save after it was first attacked by pests that burrowed into and made their home inside the fruit, making it very difficult to spray, and later the drought. The tomatoes also suffered significantly from the drought resulting in poor tomato yields.
How are you working to overcome them?
We are exploring crop variations that maybe resistant to disease and drought, and more efficient ways to prevent and control pests and diseases. We also hope to acquire an irrigation system to help us through the dryer spells.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
1. Improved farming methods are crucial today, and there is no other way around it.
2. When planned well, 1/2 acre of land is enough to produce a variety of crop for a balanced diet for longer periods of time. In less than acre of land, we have sustained Aubergines, Kale, tomatoes and peas for 3 months now, and maize in another 2 acres.