Nelly Bassily | May 26, 2014
This week’s story from Zambia focuses on organic farming. FRI published a script in June 2005 on George Opondo, a practising organic farmer in western Kenya. The script noted that people all over the world are realizing that high-input agriculture is often not sustainable. Although it gives high yields in the beginning, it is difficult for a farmer to maintain these yields year after year.
In Kenya, the climate and soils are often not well-suited to high-input farming. Hybrid and improved seeds usually require good rains and very fertile soils to yield well. If the conditions are not good, hybrid seeds may actually yield less than local seeds.
If a lot of money has been invested in buying inputs, then this money may be wasted. In cases like these, organic farming, which relies on as few inputs from outside the farm as possible, is more appropriate to the needs of many farmers.
In this program you will hear about Mr. Opondo’s experience using a trench compost bed to improve the soil, and about his use of traditional herbs to treat and prevent animal diseases.