Mr Felicion Marko (52), is from Mwasonge village in Bukumbi Ward-Misungwi (Mwanza). He started growing vegetables in 1985.
In 2017, however, he realized he had to improve his farming techniques after hosting demonstrations by East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer and SEVIA. SEVIA is a private sector driven project, funded by two world leaders in vegetable seeds: East-West Seed and Rijk Zwaan (partners in the breeding programme Afrisem), and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wageningen University - Applied Plant Research is the Dutch knowledge partner.
Mr Marko grows tomato, sweet pepper, cabbage, watermelon and cucumber. The demo treatments that made him realize he needed to update his techniques were application of fertilizer in sweet pepper and trellising of tomatoes.
Currently he has planted tomatoes using a better field layout, fertilizer application and trellising, all techniques according to the SEVIA way.
"I am a happy farmer", he says.