| Sep 18, 2017
Forestry Training and Finance for Farmers Report
By Nicholas M. Syano | CEO & Founder
Current DNRC tree Nursery
DNRC Forestry training and finance for 600 farms in Kenya project continue to flourish. Its ecological and socio-economic impacts are evident and felt by the 600 farmers in Maiuni community .As earlier indicated, first trees planted are big enough to be pruned as part of management and the prunings big enough to provide farmers with enough firewood and extra sold for income. There are testimonies from the farmers to this effect for example “Before we started planting trees, I remember we had to go to a government forest which is about 7 kilometres to collect firewood and risk punishment of caught. I remember one day I left my 3 months’ old child with my niece to go to collect firewood illegally from the government forest. I will never forget for it took me about 6 hours and when I came back I found my child had cried all the 6 hours till she lost her voice. Thanks to the project for I can’t imagine I have enough firewood on my doorstep and also extra to sell for income.” said Catherine
In terms of ecological benefits, most of the trees have formed canopies and since they are adjacent to each other as the farmers boarder each other, they have created microclimate and the farmers testify that the area is now cooler than before and it’s raining more.
Other social and economical benefits is that some trees like Moringa aloefera is providing nutrition as the farmers continue to consume the leaves and dry the extra for moringa powder for sale. Some fruit trees planted earlier have also started producing like guavas and pawpaw thus boosting farmers’ food and nutrition security. The social fabric of the community continue to be strengthened as farmers work together and solve their social and economic needs together and interact during trainings and social events..
During this reporting quarter, we continued mainly with seed propagation, seedling watering and maintenance and farmer trainings and outreach. Below are the detailed activities for the quarter.
DNRC tree nursery
Our goal for this year is to propagate 80,000 seedlings to be issued to the farmers during November-December rains. Within 3 months, we propagated 30,400 seedlings making a total of 61,920 seedlings by the end of the quarter. Most of the species include; Senna siemea, senna spectabilis, A. polyantha, A.xanthophlea, A.tortilis, Melia vonkensii, neem, Tamaridus indica ,Balanities egyptica, Gravellia rubusta , Mangos , Eucalyptus camandulensis, jacaranda mimosiferia, dulbergia, castered apple, cypress, guava, luceana, moringa olevera, pawpaw, passion fruit, citrus, terminalia brownii, zymenhihia mericana and Croton megalocupus, syzygium cumini.
Other major activity in the nursery during the last 3 months was fetching and watering all the current 61,920 seedlings in the nursery. Its dry season and we use donkey to fetch water and being a dry season, this was a major activity. Other activities in the nursery involved potting for more seedlings and general cleaning and weeding at the tree nursery.(see attached pictures)
Farmers training and outreach
During the quarter, the training and outreach personnel was majorly involved in individual farmers farm follow-ups of the farmers as well as the 6 schools we work with. The follow ups were mainly to advice on woodlots maintenance and digging of more holes for planting in November-December rains (see attached picture)
Field day (bi- annual party)
During the quarter, the farmers had their bi-annual get together which brought all the 600 farmers together at DNRC site to eat, interact, share experience and dance the Kamba traditional music. During this function, the farmers also share experiences, feedback and acts as our general meeting for major decisions (see attached pictures).
- Scarcity of water
- Means of transport to visit all the farmers
Focus for next quarter
- Maintaining the seedlings in the nursery.
- Propagating the remaining tree seedlings to attain our 80,000 target
- Transplanting the few remaining seedlings in the nursery
- Follow ups and preparing for seedlings issuance during the coming November-December rains
current DNRC tree nursery
farmers training session
farmers queuing for food during bi-annual party
farmers gathering during bi-annual party