My Full names are Mulundano Maybin Lubinda, a male Zambian aged 25. I am a full time student with The University of Zambia pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing sciences, graduating in June this year 2016.
I was brought up on a farm, We call our farm; Season’s farm. It is a small scale farm specialized in growing crops such as cabbages, tomatoes onions and African eggplant (impwa), and also keep some village chickens and guinea fowls.
It is located deep in the rural area of the copperbelt province, Masaiti district of Zambia, with about 70 hectares of land. Its southern, western and eastern boundaries are surrounded by streams. The southern stream flow throughout the year while the eastern and western stream dry up by September but remain wet.
The farm has a potential of extending the boundaries to about 625 hectares or 6250000m2, and it is in our plan to extend the boundaries and invest more in Pastoral and Arable agriculture. Regardless of having streams in the farm our main challenge has been how to take water to the desired places for irrigation. This among others has limited us from breaking through and becoming a dependable farm for customers.
Our goal is to extend the farm from 70 hectares to about 625 hectares. And register it as a company with Patents and Companies Registration Angency (PACRA), and become a well-established and reliable source of knowledge and motivation, empowerment, employment and farm products, and contribute to the economic status of mother Zambia, operating under the title; Seasons Farm (for greens & livestock).
Irrigation system installation
A 50,000 liters of water reservoir will be installed about 301 meters away from the stream. This reservoir will be 3 meters or more, above the level ground, so that water can be supplied to the desired fields by gravity. Consultations will be made from water engineers and Machinery supplying companies on all issues concerning the Irrigation system.
A solar pump will be install to pump water from the stream to the tank. This will cut down on the cost of energy usage.
We will consider using a more conservative irrigation system, drip irrigation system for irrigation. This is more efficient and water serving and will prevent water wastage. It is touted as having much higher efficiencies than spray or rotary sprinklers.
After installation of the irrigation system we will be able to;
- Grow cabbages that are easy to manage, 2 weeks after installation.
- Put up a long term project of bananas starting with 5 hectares in the first 12 to 18 months
- Grow on a large scale, cash crops such as; garlic and red onion and tomatoes on the upper fertile land 18 months after installation
- Generate more funds to extend the boundaries of the farm to about 625 hectares in 5 years after installation.
- Generate more funds that will enable us to venture into other agri-businesses such as pastoral farming within 5 to 10 years.
We have about 70 hectares of virgin land, upon which we want to begin our projects once we are empowered with finances.
Benefit to the community
The farm is surrounded by villages with families that survive mainly by charcoal burning, and fruit gathering. Seasons farm will be a business company, a source of knowledge and financial empowerment to the local people once established. It will also be a source of employment for the local people. We will also be undertaking road maintenance in this area. Only one main road which is busy but poorly maintained is there.
Firstly, I grew up on the farm were my parents grew maize, cabbage, onions and tomatoes, using furrow irrigation. We had favorable yields that we eat and sold the surplus. This has motivated me to venture into agriculture regardless of my profession.
Secondly, I am highly motivated by Mr Constain Chilala who owns about 10,000 hectares of land where he grows 3,000 hectares of soya beans in the summer and produce around 17,000 tons of maize. 12,500 tons of wheat. He has close to 800 casuals on the farm and 250 permanent workers. This man from the Chilala farm motivates me to have big goals in life.
Thirdly, the conditions of living for people in Masaiti are really poor, I would love to help in changing the lives of many families in this area who probably know that agriculture can be a business but have no source of empowerment (Knowledge and financial) to help them.
US$5,000 will help in the installation of the irrigation system on the farm which we have so much of a challenge, at the moment. This will be spent on the suction pipes, delivery pipes, the pumps, purchasing and installing the water tank and designing and installation of the drip irrigation in the field. We will install in a 2000 m2 to start with then we will keep on extending the field.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Mulundano Maybin Lubinda (Zambia) – mulundanomaybin18[at]gmail.com
Illustration courtesy: Jain irrigation
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