Herbicide use saves time, energy and increases income
Majority of Tanzanians like any other developing countries, generate their income through farming activities such as crop production and animal keep. Farmers, particularly small scales spend most of their time, energy and money by using local methods to practice agriculture. For example, Balton experts have witnessed in Southern and Central Zone of Tanzania using hand hoe to weed crops such as pad and sesame or even maize which can take a farmer up to a week or two to complete one acre area. This proved to consume much of their time, energy and high costs. To weed using hand hoe per acre costs 80,000Tsh for twelve days while it cost only 30,000Tsh to purchase herbicides and spray the same area for four hours and save 50,000Tshs and energy.
As I was gathering information in the field with farmers, I came across Mr. Kapilima, a father of six children aged between 2years to 16years old. For years Kapilima have been spending time in the farmer from morning to evening to weed and perform other farm duties. Because he needed man power for such activities and he had no money to pay for labor, he forced his kids to stop going to school and work with him. In 2013 Balton Tanzania held a seminar in Ifakara village where he lived to educate small scale farmers the usage of herbicides. From that moment, Mr. Kapima life style changed, he spent less time in the farm and more time with his family, his yield raised tremendously, improved quality of the product and gained income to take back the kids to school. “Madam since then, I have become the best herbicides ambassador in this area and I promise to help other farmer to transform their lives”
When using herbicides, no-tillage practice is required and the corresponding plant protection products have improved growers’ ability to control competing weeds, reducing the need for mechanical soil cultivation and seed-bed preparation. Farmers are able to plant into a vegetative cover crop without any prior cultivation, shortening production cycles.
This article was written by:
Head of Business Development and Public Relations
Balton Tanzania Ltd