Monday, July 4, 2011

Farmers field schools in Kakamega County graduates

The Assistant Project Manager for GZDSP Mr. Eric Nahama presenting a certificate to a couple who were among the graduating farmers

The Emuhaya DC Mr. Wambua Muthami presenting a certificate to one of the graduating farmers

Farmers from Forest Farmer Field Schools (FFFS) or rather ‘schools without walls’ from Kakamega county graduated in June after undergoing a course on integrating food production and forestry for one and a half years.  The farmers were from Emuhaya, Kegondi, Kaptis, Jamishire, Moto Mwaka and Majaliwa farmer field schools. In attendance were the local leaders led by the District Commisioner for Emuhaya Mr. Wambua Muthami and the Zonal managers from the respective Zones. The schools were sponsored by Green Zones Development Support Project (GZDSP) whose officials led by the project’s Assistant Manager Mr. Eric Nahama were also present. 
The farmers who were evidently ecstatic, thanked the KFS and the project for facilitating their training by sending them facilitators who took them though the grueling training and making them ‘expert farmers’. They proudly said that with the education they could now manage their lands, plant the right tree species and even beautify their compounds through tree terracing. The farmers learnt by experimenting the effects of mixing food crops with different tree species all in a bid to discover the most viable option.
The farmers requested that they be allowed to practice PELIS 100 acres in Kibiri forest to which they were assured that their request would be considered
While addressing the farmers, Mr. Nahama commended the farmers for their hard work and urged them to write proposals to donors for funding so they could execute projects which would assist them in continuing with the good work they had started.
Article and pictures by Caroline Kahuria

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