Sustainable Land Use and Soil Conservation
Most of our lands are located on hilly and mountainous areas; this makes the soil vulnerable to erosion thus rapid land degradation. Our farmers have been participating in slope management practices as part of soil conservation plan such as constructing terraces, heaping trash across the hills and planting grass in water ways. We also work with farmers to demonstrate and appreciate the magic in integrating animals and crop production. The key areas we cover are resource recycling, composting and applying manure from animals to the soil when preparing land for crop planting. When crops are harvested, we give the crop residues to the pigs. This has provided a rather cost effective way of managing the pigs and crop production. It also saves money that could be otherwise spent on inorganic fertilizers and expensive animal feeds. This keeps soil health and maintains clean environment. We see farmers appreciating the value of animal manure in crop production and utilization of wastes as animal feeds (Success page). Other practices are crop rotation, timely planting, mulching, early weeding and irrigation in the dry spell to avoid crop moisture stress.