April 6, 2012

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

On March15th, the board members went to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Embu for a workshop. They were taken on a demonstration tour of the institute´s various projects and given lectures by the respective field experts.
The institute gives farmers information on sound farming practice and provides them with high-quality plant materials and seeds.

a field with sweet potatoes
Christine admires the sweet potatoes that grow bigger when intercropped with cassava.
the 4 a banana can grow 5 times as big as the commonly grown type

sorghum field
Note the paper bags that were put over the sorghum seed heads to protect them from birds.
horticulture: groups of farmers grow flowers for export and market them cooperatively
maintained Moringa plants
plant nursery
drough-tolerant African spinach
a Model zero-grazing unit
The specialist on animal husbandry gives a lecture on balanced cow nutrition.
board members in front of the KARI administration building with the coordinator and one of the specialists
 The board members learnt a lot at KARI. They will pass it on to the groups they work with so the members can share this knowledge and the cooperation with the institute. They will be inspired to try new methods and improve their farming practices to the benefit of their families and the whole community.

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