Pfumvudza plot

Pfumvudza plots are great for food security. We use conservation farming so there is no need to buy heavy machinery to work your fields. Luke 6:38 states ‘Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken to gather and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ The more you give to the soil the more you will get out of it. Pfumvudza plots give a chance for the poor to be able to have food security without needing to spend so much money on inputs but still have enough to eat.

A pfumvudza plot is equivalent to quarter lima which is one sixteenth of a hector. The area is a 16.8 x 39m plot that consists of 52 lines. Each line has 28 stations 60cm apart, consisting of 56 plants (two plants at each station) producing 56 cobs of maize. 56 big cobs of maize is enough to fill one 20-liter bucket which is enough to feed one family of six people for a week. Therefore, a family needs to plant 52 rows to get 52 buckets, one bucket for each week of the year.

The input requirements for maize include.

Lime: 21kg (or a sack of ash)

Basal fertilizer: 12.5kg D compound and/or 20 buckets of compost

Top dressing: 10kg Urea

Seed: 2kg

The input requirements for soya include.

Lime 21kg (or a sack of ash)

Basal fertilizer: 8kg

Seed: 3-5kg

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