Notes to broadcasters
The profitability of our farms has been decreasing day by day for the past few years. This is mostly related to climate-related uncertainties and to the fact that farmers are not aware of new farming techniques. This affects the quality of the soil.
This radio script was produced in the entrance room of a village chief. It provides information on a topic that is one solution for decreased soil quality, and encourages farmers to try composting in order to improve their yields and fertilize their soils.
This script is based on actual interviews. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
Amadou Neguetan Fomba: farmer in Dien
Tafara Fomba: farmer in Dien
Bah N’Golo Fomba: Chief of Dien village
Seydou Doumbia: agricultural extension worker in Dien
Malamine Simpara: technician, agricultural extension worker Musical break
In this program, we will talk about composting. To speak on composting, we have with us a famous farmer, Amadou Neguetan Fomba.Hens cackling, birds shrieking
Also, compost has a longer lasting effect than chemical fertilizers.Musical break
The compost hole must be maintained for four to six months to be well-decomposed, and must be covered by banco (Editor’s note: banco is soil mixed with water).
Some make compost above ground between four walls of stone, banco or cement. In this case, the construction should be two metres deep and five metres long.
Around March or April, you can apply compost in your field at intervals of one metre. Between 20 and 30 kilograms of compost should be deposited in the field. That is, each pile of compost that is added to the field should weigh 20 to 30 kilograms. In my opinion, one must add five to twenty tons of compost per hectare of land.
You can estimate how much compost you’ve used by weighing the basket in which you carry compost to the field.
It is true that it is difficult to wean oneself from the use of fertilizers. But composting remains a good way to improve the health of our soil.
And this is why we do composting.
We send special greetings to the chief of the village as well as all the whole village of Dien.
Before we part, here is a question to consider: What makes compost a good thing?
Prepare your answers and send them to Radio Fanaka Banankabougou, facing the Banque Nationale pour le Développement Agricole, in Fana, telephone: 21 25 33 48, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good bye and be well.
Contributed by: Lamine Togola, Radio Fanaka, Mali, a Farm Radio International broadcasting partner.
Reviewed by: John FitzSimons, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Canada.
Translated by: Madzouka B. Kokolo, consultant.
- the Chamber of Agriculture in Fana
- the chief of the village of Dien
- the agricultural extension worker of Dien Kalifabougou
- the population of Dien
- Radio Fanaka
A version of this script was produced on Radio Fanaka in December 2008.
- Chamber of Agriculture of Fana
- La CMDT de Fana
- AFRRI Mali