Farm for the Future helps Iringa farmers farm well
Implemented by the Iringa-based trading company Farm for the Future (FFF), projects include the F20 Women for the future program; The Farmers for the future program and the F20 goat milk program for nutrition and profit.
Speaking at Farmers’ Day held in Ilula town, Kilolo district on April 6, the company’s founder, chairman and project manager, Osmund Ueland, said that ‘they were proud to have achieved significant results over the past few years.
The projects benefit 16 villages in Masukanzi, Image 8, Uhominyi, Ikokoto, Mbugani, Igunga, Madizini, Mtua, Ilula sokoni, Matalawe, Malendi, Ikuvala, Vitono, Ikuka, Ng’osi and Ngelango.
He said FFF continued to lift people out of poverty and improve nutrition through a wide range of community development initiatives. He set a good example for local farmers, demonstrating that good yields can be achieved by following proper farming methods.
FFF has embarked on a new direction of producing high value crops. This has been successfully implemented by constructing a 15m high rainwater dam and the construction of a maize seed irrigation system is being prepared.
“The dam was officially opened today and over 5000 fish have been released into the dam and now it will not just be for irrigation but the dam will also be for fishing,” he said.
He said Farmers’ Day is a platform for sharing knowledge and practical experiences on best agricultural practices focusing on a wide range of topics including correct crop spacing, mechanization, conservation agriculture, crop protection, soil improvement and how to improve overall productivity.
Ueland said that since 2019, the FFF and its partners have been celebrating this event by inviting local farmers, government leaders and community leaders. The Farmer’s Day event lays the groundwork for common cultures for the development of the community and the FFF in general.
Martina Kimaro, Company Field Support Officer in the F20 Women for the future program, a total of 10 young mothers completed a 3-year training program on horticulture, business skills, human rights women, poultry production, communication and strategic skills.
“After graduation, the young mothers had divided their production returns among themselves as start-up capital and they will continue to do business on their own. 17 of the children of these young mothers in the program are now sponsored to go to a Montessory preschool,” she says.
According to her, these are girls who dropped out of school due to pregnancy and that FFF brought them together and stayed with them for three years, training them on various income generating activities.
“We have been organizing this event for four years consecutively with a main objective of sharing knowledge on good agronomic practices and sharing the results of business activities and community empowerment.
The event also provided a rare opportunity for farmers to connect with our key partners, especially fertilizer and seed producers,” she said.
She highlighted that FFF has considerable knowledge and experience in modern agricultural practices which it consistently shares with smallholder farmers as part of its unique community empowerment model.
Farmers praised the company for dedicating its time to supporting farmers and transforming their lives.
Juma Msigala, a farmer from Image village, praised FFF for supporting them with training in best agricultural practices, which increased production for the majority of farmers.
“The FFF has educated us, it has transformed our mindsets as we now use quality seeds, fertilizers and how to take care of farms from preparation, planting to harvest,” he said.