SHANNISE DZOBO 0713869223
MASVINGO–Sarah Mukarudzi (52) of Ward 21, Bikita East in Masvingo Province has heaped praise on the agroecology farming practices operating under Chamaz Gardens spearheaded by Earthlore.
Earthlore is non governmental organisation that assists communal farmers in growing of small grains.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Seed and Food Festival held in Harare recently, Mukarudzi, who was introduced to agroecology farming by Earthlore in 2015 told The Midweek Watch that the farming project is paying dividends and she is living happily with her family as a result of that.
“I have learnt to live by my own means through farming and all thanks to Earthlore because they have been facilitating the whole process by teaching us how to do our farming as a cooperative and getting exposure from other farmers countrywide”, said Mukarudzi.
“I am now able to pay school fees for all my children and provide the family with healthy food that is nutritious throughout the whole year because of these small grains that we are growing in our region,” said Mukarudzi.
She went on to allude that as farmers they need more of these festivals to be decentralized to districts and provinces so that they encourage other farmers to join the growing of small grains.
“We need more of these national events to be decentralized to provinces and districts in order to promote and attract other farmers to join in the farming of small grains and promote consumption of indigenous foods”.