My name is John Kang’weji. I am 56 years old. I live at Mwakipoleja hamlet of Mbutu Village in Igunga District. I am so thankful for the knowledge on bio-fertilizers that I received from the Igunga Eco-Village Project. This has added value to my farm and I look forward to having higher crops yield that I never got before.
Kang’weji was one of the 50 farmers who participated in training on bio-fertility technology, which included the making of bio-fertilizer products such as liquid bio-fertilizer/booster, compost, ginger and garlic extract repellants, and ash solution using locally available materials. Through these technologies, Kang’weji has been able to control pest attacks and improve soil fertility in the one-acre cotton farm he cultivated in 2017.
For the past three years, Kang’weji has been growing cotton on the same farm, but the crop was destroyed by pests and did not have the quality that he is seeing now.
Following the training, he prepared bio-fertilizer by himself and applied it on his farm. This has added soil fertility and the results are good, contrary to when he used manufactured fertilizers. Additionally, his cotton plants now look healthier.
“I am expecting a good harvest this year. I think it will reach up to one tonne of cotton. Last year, I only harvested 200 Kgs of cotton from the very same field. Thanks to the Igunga Eco-Village project for giving me this valuable knowledge. I look forward to becoming a rich man through cotton’s selling.”
Bio-fertility technology uses locally available organic waste raw materials — for example, bran, rice husk, local beer, yeast, rock dust, cow dung, etc. — to provide a natural source of nutrients, which are slowly released into the soil and nourish crops. This economic and highly effective technology for increasing crop yield also improves soil nutrients, moisture, and pest and disease management. Soil enriched with organic matter is also a hidden water-harvesting technique. Compost can absorb and retain water four to seven times its own weight, which helps to build-up green water storage within the soil profile. Any farmer can make and use this technology with proper training.