Slideshow - Swaziland - Beyond Fertilizers and Tractors

  • Josephine Mnisi and her husband are smallholder farmers in Shewula Village, in Swaziland’s eastern Lubombo Region

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  • The plot allocated to them by their chief must support a large family, but their yields are poor as they are unable to afford fertilizer

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  • The rising cost of seed and fertilizer and the lack of subsidies for farming inputs have affected many Swazi farmers

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  • Mnisi works her field with a hoe, which she also uses for planting; hiring a tractor is too costly for her

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  • An Agriculture Ministry service to provide subsidized tractor hire has been a casualty of the Swazi government’s cash flow problems

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  • A small number of farmers are receiving fertilizer and training in conservation agriculture through a government/FAO programme

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  • After several years using conservation agriculture, Happy Shongwa no longer needs fertilizer to get a good maize yield

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  • She intercrops the maize with peanuts and beans

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  • Her stock of maize will help get her family through the lean season while other farmers struggle.

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Swaziland - Beyond Fertilizers and Tractors

JANUARY 2013 - Swaziland’s smallholder farmers face increasing difficulty making a living with traditional methods of growing maize, the staple crop. With no programmes to subsidize inputs, many farmers, unable to afford fertilizer, have seen their maize yields drop. Those who have received training in “conservation agriculture” and growing crops that are less rain-dependent than maize are faring better, but they are constrained by their lack of land tenure and inability to raise capital.
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