BENEFICIARY PRODUCERS OF THE PROJECT IN TOGO
Komi, Abozouwe, and Kossivi, project beneficiaries
Creation of a direct selling channel for local rice
Togo, Plateaux Region, Villages near Notse
Discover the testimony of three producers benefiting from the project to offer microcredit in animals and to introduce the Intensive Rice Farming System in their rice fields, a technique that uses very little seeds and no chemical fertilizers.
Komi “The bloom impresses me a lot”
My name is Komi, I am the secretary of the cooperative GRACE. I live in the Kpodave village in Togo. Married and father of 5, I am a rice and vegetables producer.
Before, I bought chemical fertilizer that I used in my field. Last year, with the leaders of the local associations, we learned to make compost and we managed a school field. The results were convincing: the use of compost allowed for a more abundant crop on the plot. So I decided to apply this technique in my own field.
Since then, the rice plants are very pretty, and a pleasant fragrance emerges from the field. The bloom impresses me a lot, the greenery is attractive and I am convinced that the harvest will cover the rice consumption needs of the family, the rest will be sold.
Abozouwe “At home here, I can succeed”
My name is Abozouwe, I am 35 years old, I am married and have 3 children. As a breeder, I have 13 goats in my pen.
Before the support of the project, I practiced “rambling” breeding but today, my animals sleep in an enclosure. The training received in farm management allowed me to monitor the evolution of my animals.
Today, it’s easy for me to control the health of the animals, to follow births, to know when to wean the cubs and to know the number of the herd.
The courses on lick stone and simplified accounting have allowed me to draw the following conclusion: at home, here, I can succeed.
I decided not to buy anymore chemical fertilizer: I pick up the manure to produce the compost for my rice field.
Kossivi, president of UCA-Zio “I doubted a little”
To be honest, I doubted a little bit while applying certain techniques set out by the project: I was to use less than 10 kg of seed per hectare and to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers in favor of compost.
I produced only 1.5 tons of compost. I just started the harvest, and considering the state of the rice, I think the technique shows promising results. I will have more rice this year. I’m already happy before the end of the harvest!
The UCA-Zio that I manage will transform and sell this rice on the market.