| Oct 28, 2020
NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT
By Nicholas M. Syano | CEO & Founder
Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We are happy once more to share with you our progress report for the last three months on forestry training and finance. Despite the world wide Covid-19 pandemic which has affected our outreach program, we remained focused to our goals of environmental regeneration, economic enhancement and community regeneration. Due to the health guidelines issued by the government because of Covid pandemic, our group trainings have been slowed down since people are not allowed to congregate, but DNRC proceeded to do individual farmer follow ups and gave personalized trainings and follows. We also continued to propagate our diverse tree seedlings in the nursery to meet our target and even to bypass the target. This is because many people are at home thanks to Covid and have more time to plant more trees due to restricted movements and loss of livelihoods. Trees which have been planted since 2007 continue to mature for timber and timber products as well as positively influencing the microclimate in the community. This continued positive effect is a milestone towards environmental regeneration in terms of soil building as the trees constantly shade off their leaves which slowly decompose making the soils fertile and the constant layers of leaves help in moisture retention. Time like this, farmers continue to prune their trees for fire wood and sale the extra to DNRC for green charcoal production thus creating extra income for their families . Moringa which is one of the trees we promote with farmers continue to give farmers constant income from both sale of powder and the seeds. Our community social fabric has continued to grow strong and our farmers are more organised and together as they work on this tree planting project. Farmers are happy to be able to have a livelihood from this long term project and more want to join because with Covid, this has proven to make our farmers more resilient to pandemics such as covid.During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place; individual farmer follows ups and trainings, diverse seedlings propagation, potting, root pruning and general nursery management.
Below are detailed activities that took place during the reporting quarter.
DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM
During the repotting quarter, we have propagated 35 diverse tree seedlings which include: paws paws, Mangoes, melia, calliandra, tree tomato, passion, eucalyptus camandulenses, gravellia , avocado, mulberry, kigelia, balbergia, senna siemea, Senna spectabilis, acacia polyacantha, Acacia xanthopolea, Acacia tortilis, Citrus, taminalia mentalis, Guavas, Moringa, Croton, Taminalia Brownii, Banana passion, Tamaridus indica, Zysygium, Berchemia, Vangueria, neem, Leuceana, Balanites. Currently our nursery has a cumulative of 63,691 seedlings of the above mentioned different tree species. We continue to propagate fast growing seedlings like moringa. During the reporting quarter, the nursery staff was also busy root pruning the outgrown seedlings.
DNRC OUTREACH PROGRAM
During the reporting quarter, our outreach personnel was busy doing individual follow ups on farmers farms and advising farmers where necessary on issues of woodlot expansion, perimeter planting for those with filled woodlots, pruning as well as pests control like termites.
- Since DNRC has no permanent source of water, a time like this we experience drastic water shortage as we have to scope sand from our seasonal river waani, so that we can get water and with slow recharge, we have water shortage and spending more on labour for the same.
- Our outreach program was really affected by the Covid pandemic as were not able to carry short term trainings and other income generating activities thus affecting the organization finances
FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER
- Seedlings issuance to both farmers and schools during this October-December rains
- Organize the end of year farmers annual meeting following the given health guidelines in the Country.