Conservation Agriculture with TAPP
Mrs. Emilida Lesitala aged 36, is married to Mateyo Mastala and have 4 childrenand. She hails from Mbuluma village, in Group Village Headman Mbuluma in Traditional Authority Kalumo in Ntchisi District. Mrs.Lesitala is one of the best Lead farmers participating in the Sustainable Agriculture Lead Farmer Project (SALFP) implemented by Trustees of Agriculture Promotion Programme with funding from Development Fund of Norway (DFN).
Before the project was implemented in her area, Mrs. Lesitala was facing a lot of challenges when it comes to farming due to poor farming traditional practices she was following like the burning of crop residues and turning up of soil as land preparation for planting and that ended her each and every year to low food production since it was hampered by loss of soil fertility due to soil erosion.
“With the coming of Conservation Agriculture, farming has become so easy, now I have enough time during the agricultural season am able to do some other equally important livelihood activities.” Mrs. Lesitala narrates.
From the training Mrs. Lesitala recruited follower farmers and she has 20 (15F, 5M) follower farmers she is looking after.
This being the case she is privileged to attend several training like Sustainable Agriculture Technologies, Regeneration of natural wood land, Wet land management, and Livestock management and among other trainings offered by the project.
Mrs Lesitala has also received goats from SALFP project under pass on programme and confidently said that she will be applying more manure to her fields in the coming years.