My own elder brother also narrated the success of this Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) program. Who knows Domwini? Our house is located at Domwini Tangzu, just directly behind the Domwini JHS, that stony or rocky land.
Since infancy, the "saman", where we used to cultivate the maize had been just some few metres around the "yikor". With all the "kuolung" generated from cow dung and "tampuori" which we used to apply to this saman, I doubt we used to even get up to a bag.
But for the past 2 years, something changed! When the PFJ was launched, my brother and others decided to take advantage of it and as I write, the maize cultivated in 2017 is still what is being consumed!
Last years' harvest was too scary! With the success chalked in 2017, my brother decided to extend the maize farm to even areas where "gyebaraa" used to fail miserably and it was amazing! I went home in August only to be stunned by the defying attitude of maize on a land where guinea corn used to look like “)ng zo3” (mice tales).
Many of the maize plants were placating and nobody should ask me how many bags were harvested. It was not just maize that was successful. Our “dampo)”, which is located some few kilometres away from our house was almost abandoned.
The soil had become so poor that we contemplated planting some cashew trees there just to try our luck. But with the success in 2017, my brother decided to plant some “gyebaraa” there and master, it seemed a miracle had been performed on the land.
With these experiences, my brother decided not to bother to stress himself to farm the "farm" itself. He said he would extend the maize farm and plant some millet and guinea corn inside.
So, I'm not an agric expert to determine whether the PFJ has become a success or a failure but as far as many Domwini farmers are concerned, the PFJ has come to solve many farming challenges which they never experienced since childhood.
Source: Abdul Basit/ Farmer
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