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Elias Dube

Elias Dube is a successfull farmer in Binga overseeing 9 Ha of land plus goats, cattle, donkeys, chickens and guineafowls

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Originally from the area of Gwanda, Elias moved to Sinamagonde ward in Binga District in 1992. He has since established a healthy and stable farmstead, married a local woman and had three children who have all helped him build up his farm – despite the tough climate.

Together, they oversee  9 Ha of land, where they mostly plant sorghum, maize, peanuts and groundnuts. In addition to his crops, he has 35 goats, 11 cattle, 7 donkey,  plenty chickens, guineafowls and dogs

 Our main chllange here is that we depend on the rain. Even if you everything right, we are still vulnerable to the rains. 

Breaking new ’ground’
Elias usually buys his own seeds, but BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s implementing partners have since they launched the Agricultural Value Chain project started providing him with new and alternative ’test seeds to encourage him to venture into  more profitable crops. 

Elias is now a member of the local farmers assoctiation, under which he has grouped himself with other famers who sproduce the same crops. 

 When we are together as farmers, we have much more negotiation power and leverage when we have to sell our crops to the market. We now try to come together to sell our crops in bulk. 

Contract farming
With help from BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s projects partners, Elias and other farmers in the area have managed to negotiate contracts directly with ’Ingwebu’ brewery, which produces a popular traditional beer.

Elias proudly presents his contract with Ingwebu and explains how they provide him and other famers with sorghum seeds - if the farmers promise to deliver 25 ton sorghum per season.

The brewery will in turn collect the sorghum directly from the farms when after harvest, giving the farmers a steady income and helping farmers save the costs for transport of the harvested crops. 

Next season. Elias has decided to plant even more different crops to secure a more balanced source of income – such as maize, sorgum, groundnuts, cowpeas – and will even set up a sorgum demo-garden, to inspire the other farmers here