Most of our farmers in the food security program were lucky to be taken on a study tour for exposure and to learn more about sustainable agriculture. The 41 farmers who came from lomut, masol, Cheptulel, morpus and Kapenguria wards started by visiting our center at Bendera and they were impressed by our bio intensive gardens and the poultry project that we are running. Solomon Kasenya, chairman Atiangaror group Cheptulel ward expressed his joy and amazement in how we have managed to rear so many chickens in a small enclosed space. He says that he never knew that chickens could be enclosed and still lay eggs just by ensuring they are well fed. He amused us with his enthusiasm to share what he was learning with his group members and even recorded some audio to use in passing knowledge to other farmers who didn’t get the chance of going on this tour.
The 41 farmers and 12 of our staff had the chance of visiting VI Agro-forestry Kitale where they were taken around and educated on the different types of crops, how to plant them and the benefits derived from each. They were also taken through the Agro forestry section and gained knowledge on the different trees and their uses.
Jane Korwatum chair lady relion women group cheptulel ward was impressed by the kitchen gardens she saw and the quality of the vegetable produced. She states that she has been hearing of this farming method from her teacher but she has never gotten a chance of seeing a demonstration. She says she is not going to waste water but is going to establish B.I.A beds at her home and plant vegetables.
Although these were purely DTC farmers, we also took them through the poultry section where they were educated on the different breeds of poultry and shown the eggs produced by each.
This tour was beneficial not just to our farmers but also to our staff members who got a chance of increasing their knowledge base. Perpetual Yator field Officer Kapenguria ward said that she has learnt a lot and is going to pass this to the groups she trains.