AGRA VISIT - APRIL 2018
Mrs. Nancy Vogehere leads Mr. Kiwia into her demonstration plot in Vihiga
On April 24th, 2018, ROP-AFRICA had the pleasure of welcoming and hosting Mr. Abed Kiwia, the Associate Program Officer-AGRA. Mr. Kiwia was on a routine visit in the project area (Kakamega and Vihiga Counties), and he randomly chose to see a few farmers in Vihiga and Emuhaya clusters. The main purpose of the visit was to inspect the farmers who were implementing the “Going beyond Demos” concept. An estimated 75% of the farmers, mostly women and youths are currently replicating the ISFM concept on their own farms, which is transfer of knowledge from the trainings they learnt on group demo plots.
The first stop was at the value addition centre in Mbale, where he witnessed enterprising women being trained on soya value addition techniques by Mrs. Roselydah Awinja. Soybean is not a traditional crop in the area, and it takes a long time to cook. ROP, therefore, arranges demonstrations of various soy recipes for people to learn how to cook the beans for their own families. Amwava Women Group in Vihiga has particularly stood out with its concerted effort in local processing of soya into beverage and is selling it to the locals.
Among the farmers that Mr. Kiwia visited were Mrs. Nancy Vogehere, Miriam Otete and Mr. Aseva. All the farmers had adopted the cropping system as recommended by ROP; Maize pure stand full-rate fertilizer, maize and soya intercrop, and soya pure stand inoculated. Mr. Aseva was particularly outstanding, as he had not just implemented the ISFM concept, but was also keen on other income-generating activities like rearing of poultry and greenhouse gardening.
Mrs. Awinja demonstrating to women farmers how soy flour is mixed with wheat flour for the preparation of chapati. Looking on is Mr. Kiwia (foreground)
Mr. Kiwia inspecting Miriam Otete’s plot in Emuhaya. Looking on are ROP extension officers Arthur Namayi, Emily Khayesi, Rachel Nyakita and Beatrice Ongoya
Mr. Kiwia encouraged the farmers to heed to the advice given by ROP officers, and emphasized the need to adopt the best bet practices as a way of replenishing soil fertility, increasing productivity and generating income for their sustainability.