Our main objective has been to increase by 25% the knowledge and practice of sustainable production of drought Tolerant Crops and Trees among the 320 SHGs members and 120 students that are participating in our food security program by the end of 2019. This is through promotion of soil and water conservation practices as well as agroforestry farming practices.
This year, our focus is on mobilizing and training farmers to conserve soil and water, plant trees, and grow drought tolerant crops using micro-catchment structures of soil and water conservation and agro-forestry farming techniques. To achieve this, we have started by training our field staffs on the various techniques that can be used in promoting agro forestry in dry areas and we believe that through building their capacities, they will be able to deliver to the farmers they train effectively.
Although we managed to conduct this training for only two days, our staff appreciated the knowledge they acquired from Mr Damieno Morulem, a supervisor at Catholic diocese of Kitale in West Pokot County, who came in to conduct it. They showed great interest in getting back to their farmers to share and improve agro-forestry without the fear of the dreaded drought.
Our field officers from lomut, Morpus and Cheptulel assured us that the water harvesting techniques will help most of their farmers who don’t have direct access to water. Mr. Kibunguchi shared that he had seen some of the structures in his area and after receiving this training he is going to train the farmers on how to do it correctly.
Perpetual Yator, FO Kapenguria ward, feels that most of the knowledge she acquired is very vital and although it does not apply to high land areas, she is determined to try out those that can be suitable in her area such as the use of contour ridges and other agronomic measures like trash lines, cover crops and inter cropping which apart from being affordable to farmers are also profitable and helps in improving soil fertility.
Emmanuel Kapelile our FO Kreswa ward shared with us how he used to see the water harvesting structures in people’s lands but could not help his groups when approached because he did not know how to do it due to lack of knowledge. He appreciated the organization for the training and said he now feels well equipped with knowledge and is ready to help his farmers without doubts.