Animated Social Gadget - Blogger And Wordpress Tips

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rural farmers feted

By Dennis Kipkirui

Residents of Kaharati village Laikipia County was treated with a rare fete on Thursday when Sipili Stakeholders Forum held a field day in the area. The event was held in Mr. David Mwai’s farm in Wangwaci. Participants showcased their products in style. This is part of monthly activities in Sipili Division organized by stakeholders.  The theme of the day was “farming as a business”

Mr. Noah Lusaka ALIN officer giving a speech during the Field day
Representatives from various organizations erected their stands and gave and gave an insight of the products they have to the attendants. Among those present include: Osho Chemicals ltd, ALIN, Green belt Movement, Elgon Kenya ltd, City Farm, RABAK, SCODE,TILT, Ministry Livestock and several community based organizations.

The event was graced by Mr. Noah Lusaka from Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) headquarters Nairobi. He implored the attendants to make good use of facilities brought to the society by well wishers. 

He also challenged them to ensure that they use the skills they get to change their livelihoods. Mr. Lusaka emphasized on the need for every farmer to keep proper farm records to enable them evaluate whether they are getting actual benefits from their farms. He mentioned one farmer from Sipili called Mr. Kiarahu who benefited from ALIN’s activities in the area and because of his ability to utilize the skills given he got an opportunity to travel to Ethiopia to share his experience with the rest of the world.
Members of the community being addressed at one of the exhibition stands

Members of the community were asked to embrace new technologies in farming. They were encouraged to use internet services to learn various methods of farming.

Sokopepe an online marketing service piloted by ALIN was mentioned as one of the facilities that was set to transform the way farm produce is marketed in the area.   

Products on display ranged from farm chemicals used to control pests and diseases, pepper farming, tree planting, livestock keeping, rabbit keeping traditional wares and energy savers.

The stakeholders are scheduled to have an exchange visit to Lessos, Nandi County in the month of August.
Post a Comment