Our experimental – or pilot plots have not only been successful in selecting crops that are going to grow very well in our area, but also in increasing interest in the project amongst villagers.
In this regard it is a win-win situation: better prices for the farmers because of diversified cropping (introducing new varieties that grow well here), and provision of fresh, biological produce for the Hotel.
We have seven smallholders under contract right now, five women and two young men. In another entry, I will put up the contract. It is in Kirundi (I’ll put up an english translation):
Trying out different seeds to ascertain the most suitable for this region is also successful and farmers are very glad for this approach.
We are in an agro-region called the Imbo, which is a very sandy and hot strip that stretches along Lake Tanganyika. A few 1000 meters upcountry, quite a different mix of crops can be grown.
Here are the results of our pilot plots so far:
Growing or being harvested:
Radish (red and white)
green beans indigenous eggplants tomatoes Armenian cucumbers green peppers maize garden peas Kenyan spinach Kenyan sukuma wiki Seeds that have failed Italian basil tall celery flat parsley Italian rucola American okra
Failures could be resulting either from seed/variety type or from non-adaptability to the Imbo. We will try other varieties.