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SEEING THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: THE STORY OF LAPSON ZIDANA
Lapson Zidana cleaning his farm equipment, on the otherside riding his newly bought motor bike.
Lapson Zidana a 42 year old man, from Mangochi district, Nankumba Extension Planning Area (EPA) Mvumba section, is one of the farmers in Mangochi who suffered the impact of cotton pests and diseases due to the use of local varieties. The coming in of the Sustainable Cotton for Women and Youth Empowerment (SCOWOYE) Project which is implemented by AICC with the financial support from WE Effect, has helped Mr. Zidana in his cotton farming.
“As soon as I heard about Bollgard II (BGII) hybrid seeds and the new cotton agricultural practices that can help us survive drought, which is a regular case in this district, I get hold of it absolutely of which now has made me a successful cotton farmer, Said Zidana”. AICC through the SCOWOYE project told us the benefits of cotton Hybrid variety and the choice of adopting variety were left into our hands to make a decision but kept in mind that it is the same variety that resists drought which is very crucial in the Nankumba EPA. “As for me I chose to adopt Hybrid variety, narrated Zidana”
2020/2021 growing season he managed to procure and planted BG11 Hybrid variety from MAHYCO on 10 acres. He realized 8,200kgs of cotton yields which is very high compared to the last growing season which he only produced 4,100kgs. “This 2020/21 cotton growing season yield is higher than ever before and I thank AICC through the SCOWOYE project for their enlightenment.” Speaking while smiling.
From this year’s income alone (2020/2021 growing season), he has managed to procure a motorbike at a price of MK900, 000.00 to sort out mobility challenges. He has also purchased a 2-hectare land that will help him cut rental expenses as he has been renting some land for cotton cultivation. From the same income, he has sent his son to do a computer programming course and managed to get him a brand new laptop. In readiness for the 2021 season, Lapson Zidana has also bought a good-quality sprayer and other cotton agricultural inputs.