Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
Married since 1998 and father of 5 children – four boys and one girl – I live in the rural commune of Ambatofitorahana, Ambositra district, in the Amoron’ i Mania region. After graduating from high school, I settled as a farmer in 1996; I produce potato seeds on 40 acres and ware potatoes on 3.5 hectares. It must be said that our commune has long been famous for potato production; but in 2006, we had an episode of diseases (especially mildew) that put the sector at risk.
As far as breeding is concerned, I am also a producer of gasy chickens (local chicken) and pigs. Finally, I grow rice (25 ares), maize and beans (0.5 ha).
Since setting up, I have been doing my farming activities in a traditional way. In my municipality, we decided to create an association. To this end, we were able to collaborate with various technical partners (rural development support programme, UNDP, etc.) who offered activities and support for the creation of associations. At that time, there was a lack of in-depth knowledge about community life and management. There were also no technicians to accompany us in close proximity on the technical and organizational aspects.
In 2010, Fert intervened by setting up a communal animator called “Anico“, who really settled within the commune. He accompanied us on various aspects (production techniques, management techniques, organisation and associative life). Because of this close proximity, we could call on Anico at any time and the relationship of trust between us meant that we could share a lot with him, down to the last detail of our family budget. This was much appreciated by producers