school chidren picking trees
We hope this reports finds all of us well. Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) wish to share with us our progress report for the last three months on forestry training and finance. We have continued to work with our 800 small scale farmers and 12 schools towards achieving our goals of Community regeneration, economic empowerment and environmental regeneration. Despite the prolonged covid -19 protocols, we managed to reach most of our farmers in smaller groups and mostly at individual level. In a small way, we continue to mitigate and adapt to climate change, through diverse tree planting among the 800 small holder farmers. The trees also continue to create micro climates and slowly build the soils as through their litter. DNRC since inception has focused on this and continues to plant as many trees as possible with the community both for environmental regeneration, economic improvement and community strengthening. Many trees grown by the farmers are mature and farmers continue to benefit from them through firewood from prunings, poles and timber. Other mature trees such as moringa continue to produce seeds which farmers sell for income. As the farmers work together in tree planting and other activities, they are getting closer, more caring and thus more strengthened sense of community. During this reporting quarter, the following activities were achieved: farmer’s trainings and follow ups, farmers get together party, propagation and maintenance of seedlings and farmer’s tree saplings issuance. Below are the detailed activities during this reporting quarter.
DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM
During the three month period, DNRC tree nursery personnel were busy maintaining the already propagated seedlings which included: Mangoes, paw paws, guavas, mulberry, zygium, avocado, eucalyptus, gravellia, and leucena, citrus, croton, Terminalia brownii, Terminalia indica, banalities, banana passion, sweet yellow passion, kigelia, acacia polyantha and Jerusalem thorn. Over 50, 000 of these diverse tree seedlings where issued to the farmers, schools and over 10,000 seedlings sold to none members but coming from the larger community. The team also worked in soil potting to start propagation for the New Year 2022 target.
DNRC TRAININGS AND OUTREACH PROGRAM
DNRC outreach personnel continued to train farmers mostly on forest establishment and expansion for both new and old farmers respectively. They also worked on tree seedlings issuance to the farmers for the October-December rains. They also did farmers follows and on farm trainings.
BI-ANNUAL FARMERS’ PARTY
Every year DNRC hosts two bi-annual parties for the farmers to strengthen social fabric and celebrate their achievements. The farmers contribute for the meals and selected few from each of the 15 groups come to cook and serve the rest of the farmers. After the meal, they share experiences as they dance local music and perform skits and poems related to tree planting. This year’s bi-annual party was held during this quarter and went on very well.
The biggest challenge was water because the rains were delayed and the river we scoop sand to fetch the water became impossible to scoop further and had to purchase water for the tree nursery which was very expensive.
FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER
- Continue propagating more seedlings to meet 2022 target of 80,000 seedlings
- Tree seedling watering and maintenance.
- Farmers trainings and follow ups
farmers picking tree seedlings