As you know we help secondary schools sponsored students after their graduation when they are not able to attend government courses or gain a university place.
Here is the profile of Robert. It shows that he has been really assisted by attending a Farming God’s Way course. Robert says:
"The courses I studied under this training have been really helpful, based on the comparisons made between Farming God’s Way and current farming methods which are commonly used by farmers.
I would like to render my sincere gratefulness to Starfish Malawi for the rare opportunity given to me to undertake this training after the completion of my secondary school under their sponsorship programme. This document is to report on the training I underwent, based on the outlined questions below:
1. How useful has the training been
2. Are the skills gained during the training being implemented, how?
3. Am I able to share what I got from the training, if yes, to whom and how. If nor why?
In short I will outline how the training I underwent has benefited me and how I believe this will help bring change to me, my family as well as my community.
Techniques that are used in the FGW methods:
• Farming in Gods way does not require making ridges, instead it uses holes
• It discourages the use of fertilisers, instead it uses compost manure
• In cases of inadequate rains, Gods farming method uses mulch which helps to keep moisture for the plants.
How useful the Gods farming techniques are:
• By not ploughing/ridging, energy and cost is saved as it only requires making holes for the seeds.
• Fertilizer is too expensive in our country, but FGW does not use the artificial manure. Instead it uses compost manure, thus promoting the natural manure which improves soil fertility through decomposition and the retained micro-organisms. Furthermore, the use of the artificial fertilizers destroys soil fertility through the killing of the micro-organisms.
• By using the mulching technique, the natural farming method retains moisture and fertility in the soil. This helps to cover for the problems of inadequate rainfalls in relation to the climatic changes. Unlike the currently used farming methods where the plants are not covered with grass, the plants are on open land which does not retain moisture and the plants are prone to birds and excessive heat in cases of drought. With the mulch the plants are kept warm and safe which ensures their healthy growth.
Implementation and sharing of the obtained skills
At the moment I am trying to apply the techniques learned from my training at home. I am using a 1 hectare piece of land, my parents land as a control. I also happened to explain the farming technique to a certain farmer in our community who is also applying the new methods in this rainy season. I am expecting to see the whole community use this kind of farming based on what will come out from my farm and that of the farmer. In short, the FGW is yet to be proved effective in my community based on how I am practising it on my farm and my shared ideas and skills.
Thanks so much to Starfish for the sponsorship granted for the FGW training!"