Nyangu Ningwa is an old lady who lives in Teuka Village and she is its village head. The village has big wetland locally known as dambo. The dambos are cultivated during dry season for vegetables and winter corn and these plots are called dimba. However, due to old age, Nyangu Ningwa could not utilize this resource and it was difficult for her to meet the daily food requirements. As a traditional leader, she relied on her subjects and other relatives for food for most parts of the year. With assistance from the GlobalGiving fund, the old lady constructed a 200 square meter and a 100 square meter pond. The pond was stocked with fish and she was trained to use the water from the fish ponds to irrigate different vegetables thus creating a readily available source of vegetables for her household and some for sell.
Just after a year of the new farming practice, Nyangu Ningwa's household is food secure and generates income to hire labor for her agriculture enterprise. “In the month of November 2011, I harvested some fish from my pondwhich I sold for Mk10 000.00 ($60). I used this money to buy fertilizers and seed under the government farm input subsidy program” the old lady narrates. Under the targeted input subsidy program a 50kg bag of fertilizer was sellingat about $3 and 5kgs maize seed at about $1.
While many households complain of reduced harvests in the 2011/2012 growing season, Nyangu Ningwa had a success story. She has managed to harvest 500kgs of rice, 1000kgs of maize, and 30kgs of beans. Thisis besides the different vegetables and sugarcane which she fails to quantify from her dimba.
“In appreciation to what GlobalGiving Fund has done to me, I am teaching and encouraging my fellow senior people who have suitable land for pond construction to take up the initiative” she concludes.
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