New agricultural techniques contribute to increased agricultural production in Sofala and Zambézia
The Farmers Club project, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been making great strides and continues to reach important milestones in transforming the lives of small-scale farmers in the Sofala and Zambezia provinces.
During the first half of 2018, the Farmers Club Project, implemented by ADPP, resulted in 14,769 farmers successfully producing vegetables (lettuce, tomato, garlic, onions, paprika and carrots) and crops such as corn, sorghum, rice and sesame.
These results are due to the adoption of new agricultural techniques transmitted by field officers of the project. Among the techniques disseminated by field officers are crop rotation, intercropping, soil cover, green manure, line spacing, correct planting period, and pest and disease control among others. The adoption of these technologies has led to an increase in the production of maize from 600kg per hectare to 1000kg per hectare.
On the other hand, the installation of low-cost irrigation systems and the maintenance of 303 rope pump wells in the project boosted horticultural production, thus increasing farmers' incomes. In addition to providing permanent water for production, low-cost systems provided much needed seasonal employment for 90 farmers.
It should be noted that the overall objective of the Project is to contribute to rural poverty reduction and to improve the lives of 14,769 small-scale farmers and their families in the districts of Maríngue and Caia in Sofala Province and Namacurra and Nicoadala in Zambézia Province through development of small-scale agriculture and increasing the wealth of agricultural households in a sustainable way.