Life has improved thanks to the Farmers' Club project
My name is Armando Coimbra, I am 43 years old and a native of Mixixine, Province of Zambézia.
Through the Farmers’ Clubs we have been able to open a demonstration field and since then we have learned many agricultural techniques, such as using cow dung and grass mixed with soil, which gives good results. These experiences gained in the field of demonstration, members practice in their individual fields.
With the project support we built granaries to store food, we have wells to get water, and we also learn about sanitation for the prevention of diseases that appear in the community mainly in the rainy season. Before the project our farms were very small and thanks to the project we improved our fields and increased our production.
Our instructor helped us open a demo field and since then we have learned many low-cost farming techniques like using cow dung and grass remains mixed with soil which give good results. These experiences gained in the demo field, the members take into practice in their individual fields.
We have also learned how to produce vegetables in the hot season of the year, to sell them in the market and feed our families. My ancestors did not produce vegetables; they practiced a harvest once a year and only produced rice, both for sale as well as for family consumption. Now we produce twice a year, and with the money from the harvest I have been able to buy spades, a watering can and a machete, plus a bicycle and a radio to listen to information. Life at home has been improving with the Farmers’ Club project.
At the end I want to thank the project for the new lessons it has brought in our community and to request that the project reach other areas in Zambezia so that the other communities also can benefit from the ADPP training.