Drylands Natural Resources center wish to sincerely send our greetings to all of us. Thank you for your continued partnership which has continued to help us slowly work towards achieving our goals of: Environmental regeneration, community strengthening and economic development in our community. The now 800 farmers continue to experience positive impacts from the trees they have been planting for the last 10 years. The microclimate from grown trees continue to improve thus positively impacting on water and soil conservation among other ecosystem services. The community is more capacity built and more empowered than ever before thus more free with each other and share their experiences and find solutions more effectively. As they prune their trees, they get enough firewood and sale the balance to DNRC for green charcoal processing. They also benefit from other fruit trees we promote such paw paws, guavas, lemons, tamarind, zygium, avocados, mangoes, vitex payos among others thus improving nutrition and family level.
During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Tree nursery management, potting and transplanting tree saplings to the pots, preparation of the seedbeds and sowing tree seeds and training and individual farmers follow ups. Below are detailed activities during the quarter.
The tree nursery
During our annual planning, we targeted to propagate 100, 000 diverse seedlings for the year 2019. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place in the tree nursery: arranging of diverse seedlings remaining from the last issuance, preparing nursery beds and sowing the slow growing seedlings like: neem, tamarindus indica, grivellia and camandulensis and tree nursery watering and weeding.
The training and outreach
During the reporting quarter, the training and outreach personnel was involved in follow ups of the just planted tree seedlings, identifying the challenges farmers are facing and offering solutions of the same.
The main challenge remains to be water and trying to solicit funds on the same.
Focus for the next quarter
- Continue propagating more seedlings to meet our target.
- Recruit more farmers to hit our 800 target
- Continue with, outreach, trainings and follow ups.
- Prepare for the farmers Bi- annual party scheduled in June