Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Creativity and crop selection to beat climate change

By Bett Kipsang'

Mr. Francis Kiarahu Muraguri 65, a small holder farmer in Sipili laikipia west, has come up with a climate change and food security initiative that has worked out for him and his family over the years. 

He has dug a two meter deep fertility trench and planted pumpkins, bananas and tree tomatoes in it. He collects all the farm residues and farm yard manure and put it in the trench making it rich for the crops.

 Pumpkins can stay for up to one year before going bad, thus providing food and income for the family. 

Seeds for the short season pumpkin variety called the ‘‘sweet sugar’’ are sourced from the certified stockiest. 

‘‘I planted this ones in April and they are now ready for harvesting’’ said Kiarahu pointing at the ripe pumpkins in his farm.   

Apart from pumpkins, he has several other crops making his farm look like a small corner of the Garden of Eden.  It is one place you can never have enough of it. Whenever I visit him, I learn something new.

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