I am Raymond Benson Orenda the lead champion of our group. Our organization is called Kokech Rural Self-Reliance Initiative Youth Group. We are located in Kokech location, Kasipul Sub-County, in Homa-Bay County, Kenya.
Kokech rural self-reliance project is a small organization and our growth is strategic and carefully planned. We expand our effort not so much by increasing member size but by developing networks and training groups of farmers to work independently within their communities. And help them to utilize the natural resources on which they depend by advancing the practice of sustainable agriculture and coordinating it.
A situation where small-scale farmers are recognized in the community for their innovation and strength, and fully utilized for their own good and that of the society. And hence this moves towards sustainable development generally.
Rural communities in which organic farming is recognized as environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially just approach to sustainable food production.
To mobilize and build the capacity of farmers in developing sustainable agriculture, with regards to sustainable development and food production.
- Food security
- Water conservation
- Improvement of in comes
- Establishment of sustainable system of land use
- Maintained of Biodiversity
- The preservation and promotion of Agriculture on smallholdings
- Technology and information access and transfers
- Linkages networking and collaboration
- Institution strengthening and capacity building
- Tree planting
- Compost making
- Crop husbandry
- Fodder establishment and management
- Tree seedling
- Kitchen gardening (Bio intensive farming)
- Saving and credits
- Rural enterprises (soap making, cake baking, yoghurt making, juice and jam)
- Transparency and accountability
- Respect for all stakeholders
- Zero tolerant for corruption
- Demonstration farm
- Exchange visits farmers to farmers training exchange
- Farmers learning Centre
Outreach Programme TOT Structure
- Community Based Organization
- Farmers Group
- Common Interest Group
- Individual Farmers
We are currently engaged in a biodiversity project—local poultry farming, and supply of seed and modern solar to farmers. We are focused on the development of appropriate housing for local poultry. This will improve feeding strategies and make appropriate rations.
Our main products include: production of eggs and selling of local poultry birds. The project aims to employ 20 youths on a full-time basis to help improve local poultry through breeding and marketing of birds.
The project will be managed by experienced personnel with knowledge in agricultural matters.
Currently we are training farmers on FAITH gardens (techniques of modern farming) and other group members in the benefits of solar lamps for environmental conservation.
We are working to improve local poultry management, increase hatchability, and building the capacity of the people in local poultry management. With the preliminary research done, we have found that local poultry consumption is far below the required standard. Marketing of local poultry is lagging because of diseases and there is no butcher for local poultry.
Local poultry farming using modern solar is an innovative idea because it ensures that all the production of eggs happens in real time and at a low cost. Again, it will improve the local population’s poultry management for sustainable population.
Through capacity-building, 20 farmers and 200 youths are able to practise modern farming for commercial purpose, hence becoming self-reliant.
The project budgetary requirement is as follows (in Kenyan Shillings):
1,000 chicks 90,000 (90 per unit)
10 bags of feed 24,000
Medicine and treatment 5,000
Repair and maintenance 20,000
Expert services 5,000
Water and electricity 3,000
House structure 87,000
Poultry sales projection worksheet (in Kenyan Shillings)
|Total number of customers
And the remaining funds will be used for the training of farmers on the same, as we sensitize and empower them.
Sustainability of the project
The project is profit-making and is expected to grow (every year). The profit made will be ploughed back into the business to assist in its expansion after every year.
Marketing will be thoroughly done to ensure good sales for bigger profit margin. The project will also diversify to help it claim a bigger percentage of the market niche and maximize profit.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Raymond Benson Orenda (Kenya): orendaraymond[at]gmail.com
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