Osman Ziblim lives in Dulzugu and has always used organic fertiliser on his crops when he has been able to. He grows maize, yam, groundnut and rice on his 8 acres of land to feed his family of 10. Whenever he applies the organic fertiliser he gets a good yield from his crops, but often he is unable to produce enough compost to apply to the whole farm. Over time he has seen a noticeable difference in crop yield on the areas that he has had to use chemical fertiliser. The crops using organic material have retained moisture much better than the areas where chemicals have been applied, which dry up quickly.
Since being involved in ORDF, Osman has benefitted from further training in good farming practices and the use of the community pushtruck. His yam farm is far from the village, and it used to dry up very easily in the dry season, but now that he is able to transport his organic fertiliser there, the crop keeps fresh, even when there is no rain. Because their farm is now providing the majority of the income for his family, his wife Rabi no longer needs to collect and sell so many Shea nuts to help supplement their income.
Osman described how climate change has affected Dulzugu. At first they were able to drink water from the streams at his farm, but as the trees have been chopped down, the soil has become so loose from soil erosion that the streams have diverted into many channels which quickly dry up. Furthermore, impacted with unusually heavy rainfall, his crops have occasionally been washed away in recent years. Osman noted how fewer trees in the area have also caused unusually strong winds, he decided they should plant some trees around their home to protect it from being damaged. Osman supports ORDF’s initiative to plant more trees and advocate good farming practices, and he has encouraged friends in other communities to take up organic fertiliser use.