A bustling sorghum crop has thrown Fransisca Ncube (62 years) a lifeline in the wake of a poor agricultural season in Lupane. She received the sorghum seed under the project funded by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION and is very grateful because the sorghum crop did well despite adverse weather conditions.
Fransisca received 2 kgs of red sorghum and 2.5 kgs of Marcia (white sorghum) to ensure food and income security for communal smallholder farmers. Fransisca planted 0.4 hectares for each of the two varieties. She was assisted by her grandchildren and her husband to plant the fields. She is expecting to harvest 0.5 tonnes for each variety. She intends to sell the red sorghum whereas the white sorghum will be for consumption at home.
According to Francisca, the sorghum has thrown her a life line as her maize crop was a total failure. She is grateful for the sorghum seed provided by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION's partners. Even with poor rains, the sorghum thrived.
Furthermore she noted that while her neighbours had abandoned their fields altogether due to the poor crop situation, she goes to her fields everyday just to enjoy her sorghum crop.