In the season of 2019A, Masengesho harvested 2.5 metric tons (MT) from a half-hectare when he started putting into practice the new farming practices to increase production and income. The knowledge he gained included proper land preparation, manure, and fertilizer application, use of improved seeds, proper spacing, reduced post-harvest losses, and improved quality of maize grains that meet buyers’ requirements. Thus, accessing higher prices in the market. “That is how I managed to buy a plot and started building my own house with 450,000Frw. I earned from my production at the end of the season of 2019A”, he revealed. Season after season, Masengesho started working to increase his production to 6MT per hectare. The money he obtained from maize produce was used to finalize the construction of his house. “Right now, I have equipped my house and installed the solar energy system with a total value of 529,000Frw. Eric Masengesho is a 27-year-old married man and father of one.
Eric Masengesho is a member of Wisigara Nsinda Cooperative in Muhazi Sector, Rwamagana district. In the last two years, as a result of FtMA project interventions, Eric now owns a house and a plot that has a value of 15,000,000Rwf. It started in 2018 when Masengesho could only harvest 30kgs of maize, 15kgs of beans, and 12kgs of cassava on a hired land of a half hectare. Within that period, he decided to become a member of the cooperative and accepted to pay the membership fees of 55.000RwF to Wisigara Nsinda cooperative in installment. From Wisigara, he benefited from the Good Agriculture Practices and post-harvesting handling, storage, training, and marketing skills, which helped him realize his dream of increasing his productivity. “I benefited the most from FtMA assistance”, he confidently explained.