In Summary
  • Kamuti has become a role model in the county, attracting farmers from far and wide who visit to learn from him.
  • He also grows fodder trees and grass that he feeds his two dairy cows and three dairy goats. He also keeps indigenous chickens and tilapia in a fish pond.
  • Each member of the group has a farm pond on their small parcels of land, which they use to grow various crops, becoming major suppliers of horticultural produce in Machakos.
  • According to Kamuti, the group draws the farming lessons from the internet and agriculture NGOs working in the area.

Urbanus Kamuti, a farmer in Mwala, Machakos County, excavated a dam on his farm in 2014.

It took him 78 days to do the work, ending up with a 500,000-litre farm dam, which collects surface runoff.

Today, the 35-year-old farmer is able produce food throughout the year come rain come shine.

“It was not an easy task,” says the father of five. “But I had to do it given the tough climatic conditions that have made food scarce.”

Kamuti has become a role model in the county, attracting farmers from far and wide who visit to learn from him.

“I farm on a three-quarter-acre that I inherited from my father. I grow watermelons, tomatoes, spinach and sukuma wiki depending on the season,” he says.

He also grows fodder trees and grass that he feeds his two dairy cows and three dairy goats. He also keeps indigenous chickens and tilapia in a fish pond.

This has so far inspired a team of young farmers in the area, who have formed a youth group dubbed ‘Sweat is Sweet’

“We saw Kamuti start excavating his dam, and it looked like a very hard task that may not yield much but he is now enjoying the fruits of his hard work and we have all followed suit,” says Simon Musyoka.

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