The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) in partnership with the Kajiado County Government, provided Oleikaitoriori farmers in Ildala Lekutuk neighborhood with seedlings, various agricultural machinery, Sahiwal cattle and Dorper sheep to enable them to adopt modern farming practices .
The total cost of the project implemented in six wards of Kajiado County is 45 million shillings. Agricultural machinery supplied includes improved manual scoops, forage choppers, motorized backpack weeders and brush cutters. Farmers who are allied with 11 self-help groups also received 49 pure Sahiwal cattle and 67 dorper ewes and 11 rams for breeding.
In order to mitigate the effects of drought, KCSAP also provided farmers with drought-resistant yellow bean and cowpea seedlings and fertilizers for spreading and planting as well as pesticides. Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Mosisho urged the community to use the equipment well to achieve maximum yields.
Alternative sources of livelihood
Moshisho also called on groups to embrace alternative sources of livelihood and maintain unity as the government wanted to work with groups rather than individuals for wider impact. The farmers had been trained in the use of agricultural machinery and in the care of animals.
For his part, Inkairukok Olmame group chairman, one of the beneficiaries, Nicholas Saimi Swakei thanked KCSAP and the county government for the support saying that the 11 Sahiwal cattle they have secured will change their lives for the better.
“We usually engage in the traditional method of breeding that our ancestors practiced, but that doesn’t bring us any profit. Now that we have received training and better breeds, we are guaranteed an improved income, ”said Said Saimi, whose group consists of 25 members of both sexes.
Nadupoi Inkiwanchani Women’s Group President Mary Tompoi acknowledged that the machines will help the group save time and energy and also increase their income. She added that they mainly engage in tabletop banking, but now that they are equipped with skills and equipment, they will venture into growing tomatoes for more income.