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7 months ago
7 months ago
Black traditional maize variety is disliked in the mills because it "stains" white maize dough. Brother abandons black maize.
Donor dies. Age 67. He has sold his lands due to a sickness. His sons are in the US.
Brother perceives that now soils are tired due to intensive input applications in the past. Crops now need fertilizers for production.
Tomato prices reach critical low. Brother losses significant investment and risks to lose his house to the bank. Brother abandons tomato cultivation.
By then each brothers is planting black and ancho maize traditional varieties on his own.
Brother becomes sick
Unable to harvest "ancho" maize.
Each brother marries.
Price of the ancho maize becomes attractive. The variety is adapted to the area in particular. Brother continues with ancho maize cultivation.
Donor and brother plant tomato together, up to 2 ha on rented land. They are some of the very first to introduce the crop and chemical fertilizers, following the techniques of Italian growers who had established nearby. Tomato becomes a popular crop in the area. They are able to make significant profits.
They start planting tomato separately.
Brother reduces the cultivated area due to aging. Continues working mostly to remain active. All children but one are involved in non agricultural occupations.
He keeps a small 0.5 ha plot with ancho maize (and peanuts) for consumption and occasional sale.
Brother turns to other crops such as cucumber, husk tomato and maize. Up to 2 ha.
Maize cultivation becomes economically more important for brother.
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