Meet Devison – a succesfull vegetable farmer from the drought ridden Sobendle Ward in Lupane district. He is one of many farmers benefiting from the agricultural advice, seeds and market expertise provided by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s project partners DanChurchAid and Christian Care.
Devison shares his homestead with his wife, 18 heads of cattle, four donkeys and plenty of chickens. He and his wife own three hectares of dry farming land, where they grow maize - a stable crop for daily meals for the family. Any surplus is sold at the local market
Green veggies mean profit !
Assisted by agricultural advisors from BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s partners, Devison has set up an impressive vegetable garden, growing otherwise rare, vulnerable - but potentially profitable green vegetables. His vegetable garden has access to the Thongogwe river, so by digging a small well, it provides the vegetable garden with plenty water.
To benefit from this unique opportunity, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s partners provided him with special ’test’ seeds to motivate him to grow green vegetables that can be sold with good profit.
Unlike most other farmers in this very dry area, Devison is able to grow onion, rape, tomatoes, beetroot, cabbage, carrots and peppers and has even set up a small fruit orchard where he grows mangoes, lemons, bananas and guavas.
Since green vegetables go bad quickly - and to avoid them loosing value - Devison has resorted to ’barter trade’. He exchanges his fresh vegetables for other commodities like chickens, hay, stones and building materials.