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Farmers practice the Machobane Farming System

(In the ten disctrics of Lesotho)

Trainers of the Machobane Agricultural Development Foundation (MADF) have trained Primary and High School children in two Northern districts of Lesotho, namely Leribe and Botha Bothe as well as in the Mohale’s Hoek district in the south in MFS techniques from mid 1990s to 2009.

Trainers of the Machobane Agricultural Development Foundation (MADF) have trained Primary and High School children in teo Northern districts of Lesotho, namely Leribe and Botha Bothe as well as in the Mohale’s Hoek district in the south in MFS techniques from mid 1990s to 2009.

MADF has introduced a new and improved method of compost making in collaboration with the Southern Africa Trust. The compost can be applied in homestead gardens and on field crops and it is far much cheaper and safer than synthetic fertilizers.

With the current global economic downturn where food commodity prices have risen and continue to rise to exorbitant heights more and more young smallholder farmers are turning to MFS for solutions to this dilemma.

MADF has collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and other NGO’s in home gardening training activities in the production of nutritious food especially for poor households, HIV/AIDS affected families and HIV/AIDS Support Groups.

More and more students from the Lesotho Agricultural College (LAC) and the Faculty of Agriculture of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) have expressed a desire to learn more about MFS and indeed briefed by MADF staff on the System’s techniques.

A young farmer from the village of Masianokeng in Maseru district who produces vegetables and mushrooms (Grey Oyster Mushrooms) wrote in his production report that, with the application of Machobane compost as part of the medium for mushroom production, the size of his mushrooms was considerably increased without their quality being adversely affected. The young farmer also indicated that the rate of maturity of the mushrooms was reduced by 2 to 3 days.

Smallholder farmers in the village of Qomoqomong in Quthing district report that the size of their homestead garden vegetables was increased after they applied Machobane compost to produce them. Here too the increase in size did not affect the quality of their products so they say.

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