20 January 2021
Farming associations supported by MRM increase yield by over 80%
Seven communities participating in the Community Conservation Agriculture Project, supported by Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM), produced 83.7% more in the 2019/2020 season than they had for the previous season. The crops supported by this project include maize, groundnuts, cowpeas, sesame and various vegetable seeds.
A combined total of 420 families benefit from this project in the communities of Namanhumbir, Nseue, Nanune, Mpene, Nthoro, Nanhupo-A and Nanhupo-B.
The production of these crops has benefited from the monitoring and supply of agricultural tools such as quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, watering cans, sprayers, diesel pumps for irrigation, as well as personal protection equipment.
During the 2019/2020 campaign, the associations produced a total of 1,260,556 kg of various products, including maize, cowpeas, groundnuts and sesame.
To complement the production cycle, the Community Conservation Agriculture Project also provided a horticultural kit to the seven associations, made up of seeds for onions, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, carrots, aubergines and kale.
Although the vegetable production campaign is only halfway through implementation, by the end of August 2020, the associations had already raised a total of MZN 126,767.00 from sales.
The success of this project for the local communities can be measured in several ways, including: the increased yield and resultant household income, greater crop diversification, as well as improved food security and nutritional awareness.
The project covers an area of approximately 761.76 hectares, and features support centres which provide the dissemination of agricultural techniques, the sharing of knowledge and the distribution of insecticides, fertilization and pest control for both production cycles to the seven communities within the project.