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.
- 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.