John Kang'weji from Mwakipoleja hamlet in Mbutu village, Igunga District, Tanzania is among 50 farmers who were trained on bio-fertility technology, which is helping to lessen the negative impact of chemical fertilizers in farming. Skills learned on the course included making biofertilizer products namely liquid biofertilizer (Booster), compost using ginger and garlic extracts as repellants, and an ash solution by using local available materials. Through these environmentally friendly technologies, John has been able to control pest attacks, and improve soil fertility in his one acre cotton farm that he cultivated during the season of 2017-2018.
"I received technical training from the lgunga Eco-Village project on how to create organic fertilizer using locally sourced products, which has added value to my farm in terms of soil quality and I look forward to having a higher crop yield than ever before," explained John Kang'weji.
Mr. Kang'weji prepared bio- fertilizer by himself and applied it in his farm. The fertilizer has increased soil fertility and the results are good contrary to when he was using manufactured fertilizers. Additionally, his cotton plants are now seen to be healthier.
"I am expecting to have a good harvest this year. I think I will reach up to 1 tonne of cotton. Last year I only harvested 200 kilograms of cotton from the very same field," said Mr. Kang'weji.
"Bio fertility technology as its name depicts, is a technology that makes use of locally available organic waste raw materials (e.g. bran, rice husk, local beer, yeast, rock dust, cow dung, etc.) to provide a natural source of nutrients that are slowly released into the soil and nourish crops. It is an economic and highly effective technology for increasing crop yield meanwhile improving soil nutrients, moisture, pest and diseases management," said lgunga Eco-Village project manager, Stella Thomas, who added that, "the enrichment of soil with organic matter is a hidden water harvesting technique. Compost can absorb and retain water four to seven times its own weigh and thus helps to build-up green water storage within the soil profile".
In essence, any farmer can make and use this technology when given proper instructions.
lgunga Eco-Village biofertility programme
50 representative farmers in the lgunga Eco-Village have been trained on how to make and market bio-fertility products.
A total of 5O farmers have been trained on bio-fertility, this includes 23 female and 27 male.
A total of 10 households in the project area have adapted to this technology.
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