The Nankaha Women's Onion Farm: Organic vs Conventional
In the last week of February 2020, SafiBio and BFCFD teams paid a visit to the women vegetable growers of Nankaha, a village in the vicinity of Korhogo in northern Cote d’Ivoire. This group of about 110 members are beneficiary of a BFCD project backed by the World Food Program (WFP). They planted to 2 plots of onions of 1 ha each in November 2019, side by side to compare synthetic (chemical) fertilizers to BIOJANI biofertilizers. Three months later the onions were already maturing and the BIOJANI treated ones appeared to be 2 weeks or so ahead, by comparison to the chemically treated ones. The producers also reported that whenever water was scarce (common in this arid region) and they could not water the plants after applying fertilizers, the plots treated with synthetic fertilizers showed burned spots and quickly started drying out the following day; whereas the plots treated with BIOJANI biofertilizers showed none of these signs whatsoever and were rather healthy and exhibited better water retention ability. The women producers of Nankaha clearly indicated their willingness to convert their entire farm to organic production using BIOJANI inputs in the next production cycle.
Nankaha (Korhogo, Cote d'Ivoire) - February 2020