After the successful CLZ training in August at which 30 more local farmers were taught how to grow chillies and use them for elephant-safe farming, there has been a very positive response from the Chiawa community.
With Stephen Kalio’s hard work and constant efforts, at least 8 chilli nurseries have been planted in the project area (seven villages closest to the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park in the Chiawa Game Management Area). More nurseries are still being planted, we saw one in a washing up basin yesterday!
When the rains come, these nurseries will be planted out and hopefully next year we will have a bumper harvest of chillies to use to protect crops from hungry elephants. Some may even be sold as a cash crop to Rivonia.
Stephen is also planning a demonstration chilli fence and elephant-safe granary store over the coming weeks.