Kipsing Centre Group’s site: Rehabilitation of pasture lands through adoption of zai-pits as water harvesting techonology ; Photo credit - Stephen Mureithi
The University of Nairobi (UoN), African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) is one of the implementing partners for the USAID funded project; Accelerated Value Chain Development-Livestock Component (AVCD-LC). The project is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Its overall purpose is to increase the income of 60,000 pastoral households through a 50% increase in the sale of livestock by 2018. The target area of operation is the 5 counties in the resilience Zone of Influence (ZOI) that is Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo and Turkana. Under the project, ADIS is providing technical expertise on rangeland management and commercial pasture and fodder production.
Under the support of this project, trainings on pasture and fodder production including practical demonstration on grass seed planting carried out in Kipsing and Ol Donyiro in Isiolo County from 19 to 21st October, 2016. The training was conducted by Dr. Stephen Mureithi , A lecture at Department of Land Resource and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). He was assisted by post graduate student Ms Hannah Nyakio in the same department. More seeds will be to the groups for planting during the short rains of October, November and December (OND) 2016.
Farmers experience to pasture production
He started off with beans, got a few Kenya shillings and decided to reinvest the income to expand his acreage. A man with a definite purpose defines him best. He has learnt over time to make use of the resources he has and are available to him, he told the other community members. Mr Njoroge Lempoe, 80 years old has his land tilled, prepared and ready to plant grass after personal observation and training on pasture production.
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