Putti Village dreams of larger scale farming
Periodic draughts and famines are a constant challenge in Africa.
For that reason, the people of Putti Village have a dream to make their food production more efficient. In order to achieve that, they are striving to gradually change from small scale to larger scale farming. The progress they have made in recent years is already helping the community to fight poverty. But more needs to be done, to insure the community’s food supply.
The agricultural activities, as they take place right now, involve both men and women from all ranks of the village. The community typically divides the land in smaller units and applies crop rotation and mixed farming to prevent depletion of the soil. As the community wants their products to be organic, they do not use fertilizers and since their land is so fertile, this has not posed any difficulties as of yet. Even with the growing need for production, the community has still been able to resist the temptation to use fertilizers.
While still ploughing the land using bulls that are rented from their Christian neighbors, members of the Putti community dream of owning a tractor that will not only be used to cultivate their own land, but can also help them make money, as they will be able to rent it out to neighboring farmers. In addition, if each family gets a dairy cow or some poultry for their household income, this will also be a way of fighting poverty in the Putti community.
“Our dream is to evolve from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture, that is to say, farming on a larger plot of land, planting both food crops and cash crops, using more efficient farming technology, and rearing animals for milk and birds for meat to be sold”
Feeding the village
- Soya beans
- Sweet potatoes
The planting of crops takes place twice a year; in March and in September. The harvesting takes place in July and in December. Since the ability to water the crops is solely dependent on the weather (i.e. rain water), every harvest turns out differently. The exact timing of the harvest depends largely on the type of crops that are planted. Some crops (e.g. maize and beans) take three to four months to mature. Other crops (such as cassava and millet) take more than six months before they can be harvested. After the crops are gathered, the food is first dried and then stored locally in polythene bags, or at times in people’s houses. Again, in efforts to keep the food supply organic and healthy, the villagers of Putti do not use pesticides to protect them.
Running the Project
There is not just one person in charge of the community’s agricultural efforts. Board members and community members alike volunteer to make this project come alive. Our hope is that recent graduates will take the lead as they have experience with computers, internet access, and analytical skills. We are looking forward for this project to evolve more efficiency and to a larger scale.
You can help!
We greatly welcome donations for seeds, fruit trees, and farming equipment for our agricultural projects. If you are able to send us a donation (or even make a monthly commitment, no matter how modest it would be) you will not only be feeding the people of Putti right now, you will be investing into the future of the village’s ability to become self-sufficient.
Click the link below to plant your life giving tree in the agricultural community of Putti Village. Thank you!