With the Kenyan weathermen predicting reduced rainfall in coming months, MKEWP joined farmers at field events held in Laikipia and Meru Counties.
Mutara Farmers Trip
The Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs) from Mutara and Suguroi in Laikipia County rely on irrigation for farming and often experience hard times in the dry months of the year.
During the field trip, farmers met with extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture shared with them skills on rainwater harvesting, storage and effective water use. Representatives from the Ministry of Energy also demonstrated the use of biogas as a means of reducing energy costs and to encourage greater self-sufficiency at households.
The Farmer’s Day in Mutara was supported by Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project which is funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government . The project is implemented with partnership of FFI, LWF and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Kisima Farmer’s Day
The Farmer’s Field Day at the Kisima Farm in Meru County brought together exhibitors and farmers from the counties of Meru, Laikipia and Isiolo.
The Day’s theme was “Promote Innovative Technology for Enhanced Agriculture” and the event involved over 35 agricultural exhibitors, where farmers learnt about effective techniques of increasing water productivity in agriculture.
MKEWP helped 52 farmers from Mutara and Suguroi WRUAs in Laikipia to attend the farmer’s field day through the SNV-Smart Water for Agriculture program.
The MKEWP/SNV program promotes farmer-led initiatives that encourage the use of effective technology to conserve water in agriculture.
For more information on the field days and the activities of MKEWP please contact:
James Mwangi Mwangi- MKEWP Water Resources Specialist
+254 746 607 181