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Some of the farmers who received potato seeds in Ha seeiso village, Mafeteng district. ©FAO/Teopista Mutesi

Emergency seeds fertilizer cushion farmers in Lesotho against impacts of COVID-19


Marethabile Mokitimi feeds about 20 members of her extended family, although most of her biological children are now married. Much of the food is from her farm, Marethabile also buys extra items, to give the family a balanced diet.

Marethabile and her husband primarily earn a living through farming in Matelile, Mafeteng district. She grows potatoes, maize, beans, and sorghum on her 26 acres of land both to eat at home and to sell to increase her income. Her area, Matelile, is especially good for potato production.

But the outbreak of COVID-19 affected her farming.

“We had harvested the previous season, so when COVID-19 struck there were few seeds left and low quantities of fertilizer. We planted, but we could not harvest enough to sell, and lacked money to import more seeds and other agricultural inputs, in addition hiring tractors and animals to plough was a challenge,” said Marethabile.