“Proud vegetable farmer”
Meet Mr Sikonda Chitsulo, a 38 year old a husband and a father to 4 children. He comes from Village Headman Katengeza in Katengeza area. He explained how his vegetable production have improved through Katengeza clubs. He is one of the indirect beneficiaries who have benefited through the FOCCAD Agriculture extension services which includes promoting small scale vegetable production. He has been a vegetable farmer for a long time now yet he wasn’t able to realize more yields and profits due to lack of knowledge and support.
When FOOCAD came this year to support farmers organisations with effective and efficient agriculture extension services at Katengeza, “I was interested with the services on vegetable production as such I was shared vegetable seeds and bean seeds to plant in my 0.5 acre plot in dambos and I was also advised to plant different vegetables not only one, hence I planted Tomatoes, Rape, Mpiru,beans, maize and Egg plants. Thereafter I was being visited frequently by the FOCCAD Agriculture Extension worker where I was being advised on the management of my Vegetables.
Now I am able to see change in my farming as I have healthy crops and I am getting more Food to provide for my family than before. I have increased my income by 46%, For instance, now I have MK65,000 from selling Tomatoes which I have just started selling while previously I could only get MK30,000 after selling all of my tomatoes, I have MK22,000 from selling Mpiru, eggplant and Rape and I have MK18,000 from selling Beans while previously I could just get MK8,000 from selling Mpiru. I used the income to pay bills for laborer’s at my Cassava Plot, I also used the money to buy household necessities, I bought clothes for my children and I am also planning to buy another bicycle as I also do Kabanza. I also plan to use the money to buy soya seeds and sell them and also to buy school materials for my children. Thanks to FOCCAD now I can see the benefits of farming and I am happy now considering that I am able to support my family by providing them with food and income.” Said Mr Chitsulo.
He is also planning to be an active member of Katengeza cooperative and expand his tomato production so that he can be selling to the cooperative for processing.