Farmer, Kingdom Kumwenda
Having been selected by Jacana to take part in the project ‘’from auto pilot to champion farmer’’, sponsored by AFAS Foundation: Kingdom Kumwenda has already recorded significant growth in his gardening business. Now that he has a solar pump in his garden, partly sponsored by the project; Kingdom can produce vegetables of different kinds all year round. The training in making organic fertilizers has seen Kingdom spending way less on fertilizers; this has translated into better profits and income for his family. He looks forward to receiving more farming skills, support in tools, and guidance, to further expand his gardening business.
Watch Kingdom Kumwenda 1 year after he was partly sponsored with a solar pump by Jacana
Watch Kingdom Kumwenda before he was partly sponsored with a solar pump by Jacana.
About Kingdom Kumwenda
Kingdom Kumwenda is married and has 4 children; 1 boy and 3 girls. Kingdom completed his secondary education, grade 12 from Mumbwa School in the year 2008.
Previously before he started farming, Kingdom Kumwenda worked as a sales person for different companies in Lusaka for over 5 years. He decided to leave the city and come back home to Chasefu in 2019, so he could focus on his passion for farming.
Kingdom’s main occupation is farming, both during the rainy season and dry season; during the rainy season, he grows crops like maize, sunflower, soya beans, and groundnuts. In the garden, he has been growing vegetables like; rape, tomato, common beans and cabbage. He is also growing fruits like bananas, oranges, and papaya. As a source of protein, Kingdom keeps rabbits and village chickens at home.
Kingdom Kumwenda is supported by AFAS Foundation
- Business and financial training,
- A borehole and a solar pump,
- Agro support (partly sponsored agro supplies and inputs) and guidance,
- Bookkeeping guidance.
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Guidance and monitoring
Eager to experience how effective Bokashi works, kingdom kumwenda grew a few lines of green maize, sweet potatoes, and chilli sorely using Bokashi fertilizer. He grew his green maize using a deep planting basin. In this method, the basin is 60x60cm wide and 50 cm deep; the basin is filled up with organic fertilizer and, top soil. With some input from Jacana, dry grass, and crop residuals were added in the basin. The addition of grass and crop residuals not only maintains soil fertility but is good for soil moisture retention, hence reducing watering frequency. The deep planting basin can be used, to produce different crops for 2 seasons. Here Kindom Kumwenda irrigates green maize he planted in the deep basins.
In July Kingdom Kumwenda made Bokashi organic fertilizer after he was trained. Here Kingdom with his wife is applying Bokashi in the planting basins just before planting seeds.
In June Kingdom Kumwenda took part in a 2 days training workshop which Jacana organized, the workshop focused on how to make 4 different types of organic fertilizers, namely; Bokashi, Berkeley, Lab serum and Tea liquid fertilizer.
During one of the farmer guidance visits by Jacana, Kingdom test harvested his ginger crop. Despite having a ready customer from Lundazi, who was willing to buy, Kingdom decided to keep the harvested ginger rhizomes for seed multiplication, so he could plant few more lines in the 50×50 demo plot in the next crop cycle
Earlier in December of 2022, Kingdom decided to try and grow ginger for the first time. Later in February 2023, he was visited by Jacana and guided on a few tips, like the need for constant weeding and intercropping ginger with other crops that could provide a bit of shed for best performance.
Kingdom Kumwenda was among the first group of AFAS project beneficiaries to be trained in business and financial planning. In the 2 days business training workshop, Kingdom learned how to make a business and financial plan, how to find customers; grow his business, keep records and many other topics. By the end of the workshop, Kingdom was able to come up with a business and financial plan for his garden Business.