Farmers and lead mothers in Turkwel and Katilu wards of Turkana County, Kenya benefitted an impactful training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). The four-day-long training (Each ward) saw farmers get trained on the best farming practices.

Mary Losike a lead mother from Katilu says she now knows how to improve her kitchen garden. “I have been managing my vegetables in the wrong way. The facilitators of the training have taught me how to plant, water, and harvest the vegetables.” Mary says she grows kales, cowpeas and managu in her kitchen garden. “I have learned that you do not water the crops on the leaves and even the way you dig your garden impacts the water intake. I am grateful that I created time to attend this training.” The mother of four says she intends to pass the same knowledge to other mothers in her community.

The GAP training involved class sessions and fieldwork training. The fieldwork had farmers visiting a model farm and witnessing their class lessons being put into practice. According to Africare Agriculture and Natural Resources Specialist Emmanuel Essau, the fieldwork is an important session of the training. “It is only through the farm visit that farmers can have a complete understanding of what was taught during the class sessions.”

Florida Ereng, a farmer at Napool Irrigation Scheme says she will transfer the knowledge gained to her fellow scheme members. “The knowledge I have gained here is very important to our farm. What I learned in the farm visit is how the drip method of irrigation works. I liked it because it is effective and easy to manage.”

The eight-day training saw 40 farmers and 20 lead mothers get trained. The training was facilitated by Africare in collaboration with Turkana County Ministry of Agriculture.

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