Jul 22, 2021

Moringa to support Farmers progress Report 2021

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). Despite the overwhelming hard economic times posed by the world pandemic Covid- 19, At DNRC we were resilience and kept our projects on going thus we are able to share with you our progress report. DNRC continue to work with the 800 farmers to regenerate the environment, regenerate the community, built economy as well as regenerating culture. Moringa is one of agro forestry trees we have been planting since the project inception in 2007 and farmers have benefited health wise though drying the leaves for moringa powder which is a nutritional supplement and selling extra powder and seeds for their income. Farmers with hypertension have confessed that, the moringa powder has been of good help to their nutrition and has improved their condition dramatically. Moringa matures very first and farmers starts getting benefits No for long. We continued to supply moringa seeds to international market but orders have reduced a bit due to covid. Apart from the health and wealth contribution to the farmers, Moringa also contributes to the larger part of environmental regeneration like any other tree by holding the soils together and building the soil fertility as the shedding of leaves continue to decompose thus slowly fertilizing the soils. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: harvesting and receiving moringa leaves from farmers, receiving and weighing moringa seeds for the international order, buying pots and potting for more moringa seedlings propagation. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

SOURCING AND COLLECTING SEEDS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER

During the reporting quarter, we were busy collecting moringa seeds from the farmers to meet our international order target of 1000kgs. This was achieved and the seeds were defeathered and supplied.

HARVESTING MORINGA LEAVES AND DRYING THEM FOR MORINGA POWDER

During the reporting quarter, we processed 15 kgs of moringa powder. This was sold and the respective farmers got their pay.

MORINGA PROPAGATION

During the reporting quarter, we have been busy potting for moringa seedlings propagation. Moringa is sowed direct in the pots and since its first growing, needs shorter time in the tree nursery before they are issued to the farmers for the October-November rains

NEXT QUARTER FOCUS

  • Propagating more moringa seedlings
  • Farmers follow ups to manage and prepare to plant more moringa.
  • Maintain and manage the moringa seedlings in the tree nursery with other tree seedlings.
Jul 2, 2021

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Much Greetings from DNRC family. Despite the hard economic times due to the corona virus pandemic, we still managed to continue our activities at DNRC and thus we can share with you our progress report on nutrition through food forest and gardens. Your continued support has enabled us to get this far and for that we a grateful. DNRC food forest and the school food forests continue to flourish despite minimal rains from the previous rain season. This is because our area benefits from micro climate created by the trees we have been planting since 2007. DNRC food forest is becoming mature every day and most production trees (fruit trees) are producing. They include: Pawpaw’s, oranges, bananas, passion and mull berry. Others like avocados, Mangoes, zyzigium Barchemia discolour take time and soon they will be ready. We continue to get firewood for the kitchen and fodder for the animals as we manage the food forest. (Chop and drop). DNRC gardens are doing great also and apart from feeding DNRC staff daily, we have fed over 60 people in the last three months during our trainings. During the reporting quarter, the following activities were accomplished: managing the food forest, harvesting ready fruits, add manure and mulching the production trees, putting up vegetable nurseries, managing the gardens, harvesting vegetables and selling the extras. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, main activity involved adding manure and mulching the fruit trees in the food forest for fast growth. This went hand in hand with general food forest management (chop and drop) for the branches provided the mulch and the firewood went to the kitchen. Opening up the trees brings in more light. We earthed the sweet potato vines in the food forest for good yield. The following products were harvested during the reporting quarter: 3 kgs of beans, 31 pieces of passion fruits, and 8.25kgs of bananas.

DNRC KITCHEN GARDENS

During this reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the gardens was busy putting up vegetable nurseries for easy access during planting time. Preparing and fertilizing sunken beds for health vegetables. They were also busy managing the gardens through weeding, Ecological Pest Management (EPM) and finally harvesting the vegetables for consumption and for sale.

CHALLENGES

Water is always a challenges since the site doesn’t have a permanent water source and depends on a seasonal river nearby. With minimal rains this season, the river also is affected and the recharge continues to slow down.

PLAN FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue harvesting vegetables and selling.
  • Put up more vegetables nurseries.
  • Continue mulching the kitchen gardens to reduce evaporation as water becomes scarce.
  • Harvest more fruits from the food forest as well as tending it.
Jun 25, 2021

DNRC Forestry Program Quartery Report June 2021

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We hope this report finds all of us well despite the challenges posed by the current world pandemic; Covid – 19. We are thankful that we are managing to operate during this challenging period where most organizations shut down. This is possible because of your kind and continuous support. God bless. As we send you this progress report, we are thankful for your support which is enabling us to work towards achieving our main goals of environmental regeneration, community regeneration/strengthening and economic development. By training our 800 farmers and planting diverse dryland tree species, our farmers are getting tangible benefits including and not limited to; constant supply of firewood in the house holds, income from sale of extra firewood and other tree products like moringa powder and seeds, increased vegetation cover thus boosting soil building and soil fertility as well as biodiversity. As time goes by, the canopies continue to grow big and the micro climates continue to enlarge slowly by slowly. This makes the area cooler and that’s favourable for crop production and in the event of insufficient rains, the crops manage to yield. During this reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Propagation of different tree species, potting, general tree nursery management, training and individual farmer follow ups. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the nursery were busy putting up nursery beds for different tree species as well as transplanting the same into plant pots. The diverse tree species included: Mangoes, citrus, lemon, passion, leucena, Jerusalem thorn, gravelia, Robusta, guavas, eucalyptus, pawpaw, avocado, mull berry etc. Other activities in the nursery included: potting, watering, weeding, tree root pruning and general tree nursery management.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING

During the reporting quarter, DNRC training and outreach personnel were busy training and doing individual farmer follow ups. The trainings majorly focused on general woodlot management with sustainable tree pruning. The march rains have failed thus farmers have not been able to gap as expected. Our mid-year party which normally takes place in June has been affected by the corona pandemic but we continue to mobilize farmers to continue preparing for the same hoping the pandemic will slow down and allow us to carry on the party. We introduced kitchen gardens to our farmers as way of increasing nutrition for the covid- 19 adaptation and mitigation. During the quarter, the staff were busy visiting individual farmers and helping with the challenges they are facing especially with the pests in the kitchen gardens.

CHALLENGES

  • Failed March-April rains leading to low tree gapping by the farmers.
  • Water as our nursery expand as we propagate more seedlings, more water is needed yet we don’t have water on site and our seasonal river is drying up early due to low March –April rains

 FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue propagating more seedlings to meet our target 80,000 seedlings targets.
  • Continue mobilising farmers to prepare for the upcoming party.
  • Training farmers on tree management and sustainable pruning and harvesting.
 
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