Regina Mulozi is one of the farmers in Dzoti Conservancy, Malengalenga area in the Zambezi region, who started doing conservation agriculture (CA) for the first time in 2016. Regina, a mother of five, started making a decent living after she started practicing CA.
When the CA project was introduced, she was one of the farmers who registered and tried the CA technology. She cultivated ¼ of a ha of maize and beans using the new technology, and harvested 250 kg of maize (5 bags) on this rather small area, which is equivalent to a yield of 1000 kg/ha when using traditional methods, and thus five times more than what she harvested traditionally.
According to Regina, traditional slash and burn farming are labour intensive, and a difficult method to practice, which in the end does not yield surplus production.
In addition, she also harvested beans on a 0.1 ha (10mx100m) field. Of these beans, she sold 21 kgs of beans at a rate of 20 dollars per kg and got N$ 420.
The money received from the sale she used to buy clothes and toiletries. Regina also reserved a large bag of beans for own consumption. Regina states that “I have learnt that I can get more bags (yield) using CA”. She further stated that, “not using manure is the reason why we do not harvest much using traditional methods, because our soil are exhausted and we keep on making them worse every year by not replenishing it.”
Regina’s field performed well, and was therefore used to showcase CA principles to farmers in Dzoti conservancy and other communities who were visiting her during field days. She mentioned that CA is less labour-intense because you work on a smaller field and harvest more, which means less time and work, unlike conventional agriculture where you work on a bigger field requiring considerably more labour but with a lower yield in the end. Regina says that, because she wants to have enough food to feed her family and to support her family, she expanded her field from ¼ to 1 Ha.
About the CA Project
The Conservation Agriculture Project is part of the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) programme funded through World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Namibia with the aim of strengthening existing Conservation Agriculture lead farmer outreach and effectiveness to bring about the adoption of Conservation Agriculture in areas bordering the Sobbe Wildlife corridor.
The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) has a long history of promoting conservation agriculture. For the CA project, the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) assists with agricultural activities, including the training of lead farmers, the development of demonstration plots, all activities that promote the diversification of production (either for economic and nutritional reasons), the organisation of all marketing activities and the technical training of tillage and manure delivery service providers.
The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is Namibia’s leading non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources. The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) contributes to a wide range of programmes through core technical skills, financial and project management expertise.
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