Restoration of range land through reseeding of naturally growing pasture species as source of income
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Start Time: 
Tue, 2013-06-11 (All day)
End Time: 
Tue, 2013-12-31 (All day)
Location: 
Makindu

Farmers in Makindu, Makueni County have improvised ways of   adapting to increasing insufficient forage for livestock a major impact of climate change especially to range lands. Some of mitigating measures discovered by a C.B.O KAPALIG (Kavatini Pasture and Livestock Improvement Group) are pasture improvement and water harvesting technologies.

Prof. Kinuthia Ngugi, Chairman LARMAT, October 2012 lead a group 10 successful farmers, students and scientist on discussing economic value, cons and pros of indigenous pastures common grown in the area as way of improving livelihood of smallholder farmers.

Common grown native pastures species are; Cenchrus ciliaris (Africa fox tail), Chloris roxbaurghiana (Horse tail) Enteropogon macrostachyus (Bush rye) and Eragrostis superb (Maasai love grass). Sale of these species costs at Kes 1000 per kg compared to Kes 70 of maize,   hence established   pastures have proved grass farming a more profitable venture than crop farming.

 

Contact Person: 
Chairman, LARMAT,