Farmers Exposure Visit to Ol Joro Orok Agricultural Training Centre on 18th March 2009

During the month of March, NECOFA in collaboration with Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW) ,organized a trip for 34 farmers to Nyandarua District for an exposure visit to learn on new and appropriate technology to alleviate hunger and poverty hence uplift their livelihood.  The visit drew participants from Mau Narok, Lare, Kuresoi, Keringet, Molo and Olenguruone divisions of Molo district.  The group also consisted of 4K-Club patrons from different schools, community members, representatives from community based organizations and opinion leaders.

 During the exposure visit, participants had an opportunity to learn about value addition on farm produce, tomato production in green houses with a view of ensuring high returns in a controlled environment to save on water and mitigating on prevalence of diseases.  The participants  visited one of the farmers in Nyahururu (Kifathi area) who has adopted the green house technology on his farm, after an exposure visit to the same training centre. The exposure enlightened farmers on maximizing production even in small portion of land. A 15m x 6m structure of greenhouse planted with tomatoes (Anna brand) earns a farmer more than Kshs 180,000/- per crop. They also learnt about organic farming, as the varieties demonstrated are all grown using organic farming.

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