After distribution of phase ll farm inputs ,the soybeans production gave high yields despite the prolonged drought in the country. Having soybeans as one of the drought resist crop,the soybeans was not affected by the prolonged dry season which destroyed most of the crops in other neighbouring farms. The crop is also resistant to army worms which is currently a big headache to the local farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya. All the soybeans produce from our farmers have already been delivered to our local buyer as per the contract agreement.
Agri-business in the rural area has become one of the key vehicle for economic empowerment in the rural areas in Kenya. VICDA has been able to provide soybeans seeds/fertiliser to the rural farmers in Nakuru county with the full support of her donor funding from KIDS INITIATIVES,Canada. This year the organisation has been able to undertake soybeans seeds/fertiliser distributions for phases I and II. The organisation is now preparing to undertake Phase III of its distribution to reach the 700 households targeted this year 2017, per Acreage per household.
Last Friday 23rd September,2016, all the students at Bright Hope Secondary School in Lemolo Community Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County,Kenya benefited from CDF Bursary Fund which has been offered by the area Member of Parliament Honourable Raymond Moi. The cheque was presented during donors,school officials and Lemolo community meeting.
Rural Agricultural Economic Empowerment Program has tremendously changed the lives of many rural families who solely depend on agricultural farming. VICDA through Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society is increasingly reaching more rural farmers where the soybeans produce has a ready available market and all the farmers produce will be delivered to the factory next week. From next week,the farmers will be preparing their land for the end of year season,ready to plant sunflower which is expected to be ready for harvest by end of coming December.
As VICDA keeps on empowering small scale farmers in the rural areas,this time around the farmers are growing soya beans versus sunflower as a crop rotation to maintain soil nutrients. Soya beans is another type of cash crop whose demand is very high with a low supply in the Kenya local manufacturing market. The crop takes 3 months in Lemolo and Solai areas in Nakuru county since the weather is warmer than some other parts of Kenya. The harvesting season will be in the next 2 months. VICDA has already signed a contract with some manufacturers for a ready available market for the farmers produce under Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd. In every season, more and more farmers are joining the group.
The construction of Safina Haji High School in Subukia Constituency in Nakuru county is ongoing with the VICDA team on the ground working tirelessly to have it completed by end of July,2016; The School is also a day public High School which target the kids within the area and its environs; the education is very much affordable in term of school fees. The government charge a fee of between (kshs.4,000)US$40 – (Kshs.5,000)US$50 per child per semester. The families living in this community are peasant farmers and they are also part of the resettled IDPs who are still trying to build their lives; The construction of this school includes 8 classrooms( two streams from form 1-4),2 laboratories with a chemical storage for science subjects,office administration block,10 toilets;
Next week we move with another VICDA Construction Team to Molo to start Construction of Baraka Shalom Primary school in Sirikwa village,Molo Constituency,Nakuru County; The school should also be completed by end of July,2016; All the schools project have been funded by WTA,Canada.