My name is Lawrence,welcome to my new site.Its all about issues concerning organic agriculture and its trend.Part of my blog is devoted to the ideal of organic farming and finding ways for myself personally and for other interested people to create lifestyles more involved with nature.
(Lawrence Mutabazi is 24 year old gentleman from Karagwe.(Karagwe is one of the 6 districts of the Kagera Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the North by Uganda, to the East by the Bukoba Rural District, to the Southeast by the Muleba District, to the South by the Ngara District and to the West by Rwanda, from which it is divided by the River Kagera.According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of Karagwe District was 425,476.To get there: to get to the Karagwe region the easiest way is taking a bus To get around: use Dalla-Dallas (small Buses) or Piki-Pikis (motorbikes)Small lakes such as the Ikimba, Burigi, Rushwa, and Rwakajunju provide fishing opportunities for residents of the Karagwe District. http://www.tanzania.go.tz/districts/karagwe/karagwef.html
.Lawrence has grown up from a background of parents who have been practicing agriculture in the most appropriate way.He has gone to school in Uganda and is now pursuing a Diploma in Organic Farming at the Kenya institute of organic farming in Kenya.)He is trying to find a way out to promote the agriculture and seek ways of improving the livelihoods of people in Karagwe.
The biggest population in karagwe are farmers,of cash crops and food crops such as coffee,maize,bananas,and cereals.Agriculture is the backbone of the Tanzanian economy. More than 90% of people in Karagwe are small-scale farmers and more than 80% of all Tanzanians rely on agriculture to live from day to day. Most farm for subsistence. These people face overwhelming challenges including depleted soils, poor seeds, lack of clean water, lack of access to meaningful markets, and confining roles especially for women who toil, fetch water and supplies but are removed from revenue chains. Consequently people have poor health services, poor or nonexistent infrastructure, and for many – lack of quality education.
Agriculture is the major economic activity in the District. The predominant farming system is subsistence under rain-fed conditions, practiced by over 90% of the population. Major crops grown are banana, beans and maize for local consumption. Coffee (Robusta), maize and Irish potatoes are the main cash crops.
The average farm size is two (2) hectares per household; the limitation being availability of fertile soils. The average household income is estimated at Tshs.450,000 (2010) income per capita. This includes the value of cash and kind production and transfer payments. This is below the national average income for rural households.
There are three main farming systems in Karagwe. These are Kibanja, Kikamba and Rweya. The Kibanja system comprises of banana plot normally inter cropped with coffee, beans, maize and other annual crops and tree species. The Kikamba system is practiced in the periphery of Kibanja and is used for cultivation of annual crops and sometimes left fallow. The soils in the Kikamba are of medium quality.
Rweya system is found in areas of poor quality land and mostly used for provisional farming of mulching grasses, as well as fodder and tree planting.
Organic agriculture will expose my people on the best ways to conqure many agricultural problems.which include:
These are some of the issues i would like to talk about