This garden is well known in the area where it located (Tawakal village) and it measures 10 jibaals (1 jibaal, a local measure, is a half-acre). The garden is 25 km far from Merka, the regional capital of the Lower Shebelle region. It was established in 2015 by a cooperative of Tawakal farmers. It produces many crops, vegetables and cereals, including cabbages, sesame, maize, tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, onions and cucumber. They are mostly consumed locally. The soil is a mix of sandy clay and loam, which is good for its water holding capacity and to help the plants growth. The soil maintains its fertility thank to crop rotation and the use of organic fertilizers, such as crop residues and manure. The village has a large space to sell vegetables and cereals. Many gardeners from neighboring villages take their products to the market, but the Tawakal garden is the one with the highest yield, which ensures a good income. Part of products is consumed by the members of the project and their families.
Tawakal Village, Lower Shebelle region
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