In Summary
  • Members of the village, which was started eight years ago, decided to venture into indigenous vegetables after learning of their nutritional value from some NGOs.
  • The produce is harvested every evening in bundles weighing half a kilo and taken to designated picking points where, the marketing chairman of the group must be present to ensure that the bundles have the required weight, are free from pests and do not include other weeds.
  • According John Muya, the group’s chairman, selling their produce together has cushioned them from the effects of fluctuating food prices.
  • Besides the ready market, the farmers have been able to overcome problems associated with transportation and the cost of spoilage.

A group of farmers in Lari, Kiambu, have come together to reap from all areas of the agricultural value chain.

Known as Kabunge Commercial Village, the 30 farmers who grow indigenous African vegetables are turning around their lives.

Before the village was established, Christopher Kimunya, who grew sukuma wiki, cabbages and spinach, says he experienced a number of problems including crop failure, difficulty in accessing markets and transportation.

Members of the village, which was started eight years ago, decided to venture into indigenous vegetables after learning of their nutritional value from some NGOs.

Of Kimunya’s half-acre farm, a quarter is dedicated to an assortment of nutritious vegetables such as amaranth (terere), the spider plant (sagaa) and the night shade (managu).

Through the commercial village, the farmers now have access to markets in Nairobi and Tala in Kangundo.

“We have been contracted by African Farms and Markets (AFMA), which enables us to sell all our produce in good time and in bulk,” says Kimunya.

The institution partners with smallholder farmers, providing them market.

The produce is harvested every evening in bundles weighing half a kilo and taken to designated picking points where, the marketing chairman of the group must be present to ensure that the bundles have the required weight, are free from pests and do not include other weeds.

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