Warm New Year greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre family. Once again we are happy to share with all of you the progress we have made so far on forestry training and finance project for the last three months. We can only say thank you so much for your continued financial support which has played a big role towards the success we share today. Our now cumulatively 800 smallholder farmers who are geographically located and in 14 groups covering are radius of about 7 km from DNRC location continue expanding their agroforestry program. Over the years, Most of the farmers have filled their set aside land for environmental regeneration and now we have introduced them to perimeter tree planting so that they continue growing the forestry cover in community as well as their income from trees and tree products. Since farmers neighbour each other, the idea is when everybody eventually plants their perimeter, they form another forest since trees are planted near each other. This is moving us closer to our goal of environmental regeneration as well as a certain percentage of economic development as quite a big percentage of farmers are able to sale excess firewood for income after pruning and other tree products. Our intensive trainings and follow ups, working in solidarity and our parties continue to bring farmers together thus constantly building the social fabric.
During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Farmers annual get together party, DNRC staff planning for the year 2020, field follow ups for the planted seedlings both for the schools and farmers, seed sawing in the tree nursery, potting, transplanting and general nursery management.
DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM
During the reporting quarter, after December tree issuance 2019, the nursery was left with a balance of 25, 242 of 25 different species to be maintained in the nursery as they await the next rain season in March- April 2020 for gapping purpose. The nursery team was busy potting where by a total of 4000 pots were done. Sawing of the following seeds was also done, Gravellia, mangoes, kay apple, and eucalyptus camandulensis. Other activities in the tree nursery were watering and wedding.
OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM
During the reporting quarter, we had our annual get together which brought all the farmers together to celebrate. Key agenda was to; Share experience, prepare, display and test Kamba traditional foods, dance Kamba traditional music and speeches from invited guests. Also during the reporting quarter, the outreach personnel were busy doing follows. Out of the 12 schools we work with, 9 schools were visited and their woodlots and food forests were coming up well. Also during the reporting 3 groups out of the 14 groups we work with were visited and they were advised accordingly on the challenges they were facing. Two groups were trained on woodlot management and did practicals on thinning and pruning. One group which is newest was trained on food forest establishment and its importance.
PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2020
During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff had their annual staff party and planning for the year 2020 with the following to focus.
- Maintain a tree nursery capacity of 80,000 seedlings
- Strengthen and prioritize agro ecology with the farmers.
- Do local mobilization within the groups to make sure that no one is left out and increase the members.
- Increase local courses training especially Permaculture/Agroecology
- Due to prolonged rains last rain season leading to waterlogging of soils, Melia vonkensii and Azadirachta indica seedlings which don’t like logged water some dried up.
FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER
- Gapping of the dried seedling during the previous rain season both farmers and schools farms.
- Trainings and follow ups both to the farmers groups and schools.
- Continue with propagation of more seedlings to achieve our planed target.