We are glad that farmers are taking seriously what they are being taught in their groups and even practicing it. Mr. Johnson Atira, chairman of Kamerinya group Kapenguria ward, is one of the farmers who has tried practicing what he has been taught.
After giving part of his land to be used as the group’s demo site, Mr. Atira went ahead and established another demo site for himself in which he is planning to plant kales, spinach, cabbage and black night shade.
He states that the training he has received from his trainer Mrs. Yator and the benefits he has seen from the sale of the demo site produce is what has encouraged him to establish his own.
Despite the persistent droughts in the region, Mr. Atira who has in most cases been managing the group’s demo site has established an artificial water sprinkler to help keep the land wet and suitable for crops to do well. He however says that if it was possible for him to get a Ken tank, he would have practiced farming in large scale and ensure that his community benefits from this practice.
Kamerinya group has majorly been practicing planting various types of vegetables such as spider herbs, coriander, capsicum, kales, spinach and black night shade. This is because drought tolerant crops do not do well in this ward. The group has however earned not less than Ksh: 4,500 from the sale of these vegetables in less than two months. The group is working on getting fencing materials to fence their demo site and prevent goats and chicken from destroying their crops.
Most residents from this region have even come to join the group and promote the food security program.
Mrs. Sofia Matia, a member of Mosoriot group in Kapenguria ward, is another farmer who has managed to replicate what she learns and has established a kitchen garden in her farm. She has planted kales, coriander, red pepper and spider herbs. She narrates that although it is not easy because of the persistent droughts, she relied heavily on irrigation and she is now enjoying the fruits of her labor because she is selling her farm produce to her neighbors and nearby hotels. She is also practicing Agro forestry and through the help of her trainer Mrs. Yator, she has managed to establish her own tree nursery and is looking forward to selling the seedlings to other group members.
Mrs. Sofia states that before joining Mosoriot group, she did not have money of her own and she used to depend on her husband for everything. However after being trained and gaining skills in sustainable farming, she went ahead and established her own kitchen garden which has turned out to be her major source of income and she can even afford to pay the weekly group contribution of Ksh: 50 for herself and for her husband.
She encourages other people to join groups and learn. She acknowledge that it is not a waste of time as many people think and that even if it is done in a group there is individual benefits that farmers gain.