Benoit elaborates on the impact of the project on his market gardening activity
Benoit, farmer actor of the project
Using bush plants as a pesticide
République of Congo – Brazzaville
Carring out experiments based on his knowledge and experience
Benoit learned agriculture at school at the Lycée Agricole then at the Institute for Rural Development and started farming in 1986. Conventional farming is his main source of income, which varies between 270,000 FCFA (412 €) and 300,000 (457 €) per quarter depending on crop and season.
In 2016, he decided to embark on agroecology, an agriculture that respects the environment, his health and that of its customers.
Of all the experiments he carried out, Benoit believes that the most impressive is the recycling of manure, a technique that was unknown to him before despite theoretical teaching in school. Benoit reckons that this new experience has improved his production yield by 100%.
A new marketing process and an evolution of its relations with its customers
Since January 2018, Benoit takes orders for leafy vegetables over the phone, he packs vegetables in bags and dispatches them to the various households. According to Benoit, his customers prefer to buy from him because they know he produces agroecological vegetables which taste very good and are safe for their health, which may be conserved for a long time and which can be quickly cooked.
Benoit is proud of the producer-consumer trust that results from his practising agroecology and which translates into loyalty from his customers. This new strategy now allows him to serve 75 households every month for an average income of 175,000 FCFA i.e. 525,000 FCFA per quarter (800€).
After a 2 year training period, Benoit was chosen as the leading farmer by his group to take over the training of other local producers in agroecological technique experiments developed by the project to push them to embark on the new perspective of agricultural development.