The association consists of members from the Guara Guara Locality, District of Búzi, Sofala Province and has been working in partnership with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) since 2018 through the FAR programme. The visit saw some of the horticultural producers highlight some of the results they had achieved within the past two years of working with IFDC.
"We learnt so much from IFDC and have achieved good production since 2019. Our partnership has seen us benefit from certain agricultural inputs like a drip irrigation system and seeds. These were impossible goals for us to achieve on our own. Today, we remain confident that even if the project has to end, we already have the basic apparatus and know-how to continue with our activities successfully," added Marta Josseias.
The president of the Kubatana Association, Mr. Paulo Josseias, said that it was through the assistance of IFDC that his production advanced. “The drip irrigation system they introduced us to works well with our solar panels. We have increased our production and now harvest our yields at least twice a year. Our outputs created a lot of interest in the community and helped increase our membership. To date, we have created twelve farmer groups and have four facilitators to support them."
“The market for our agricultural produce remains a huge challenge we have to tackle. We are looking to expand our distribution throughout the District of Búzi in Beira city and hopefully, in Mambone region in Inhambane Province,” commented Mr. Paulo Josseias.