Daniel Ndeese is a farmer from Losikito village who started planting with a Maresha seeder (pictured on page 8) this year.
Daniel said that his interest in the Maresha seeder began after seeing a neighbor using it on his farm. He said, “I stopped at Olais’ farm when he was planting his maize seeds. After a while I stopped again to see his plants when they were growing. I noticed a big difference between the portion of his field where the Maresha was used and where our traditional way was used. Where the Maresha seeder was used, the plants were healthier than the rest. Olais invited me to a farmer’s field day in May. During the field day my interest grew even higher. I’m happy that finally I have managed to obtain my own seeder.
When I was invited for this training,
I brought my son, Abraham, so that
we could learn together. I will use
the seeder on my farm and extend
the service to my neighbors.
Daniel continued, “My request is that the ECHO team please visit us as frequently as possible to see our progress.”
Maresha plough and wide ox yoke were demonstrated by the East Africa Appropriate Technology team during a field day. With this inexpensive tool, a farmer can plant his or her own field in less time and provide the service to neighbors for a small profit.