Agricultural Programme

“Its raining, its pouring, the crops are a’ growing. The women involved in agriculture and supported by the Zimele Agricultural Programme have planted a variety of crops, and these are all doing very well. Many bought quality seed potatoes at the recent Farmers Day held in Swayimani, and these are growing beautifully. For those women who got them in the ground early there should be a nice harvest at a premium price in December. Lots of vegetable seedlings were sold too, and these too will soon be ready to harvest. It is a beautiful sight to see all this new growth everywhere.

In October the farmers received training in the growing of seed potatoes. Three nurseries were established, each with seven varieties. The farmers will be able to purchase the vines from these nurseries.

Last week we began the promotion of butternut seedlings. Each farmer receives a number of these seedlings to try out. We will also be holding a competition for the farmer with the best yield.

Twelve ladies have entered a nation-wide competition to grow giant pumpkins. Two staff members will also take part. Watch this space!

In November 40 farmers will have the opportunity to go on a week-long course, mainly focusing on building up soil fertility.

Six of the Farmer Support Groups have each adopted a crèche, and will assist the crèche to make their own vegetable gardens. The children will be very much involved.

Lots happening, and we trust that all the farmers will have a wonderful season!”

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