- In their 12m-by-6m barn, they house nine dairy cows. Assistant farm manager Morris Chae says the farm has five Ayrshire and four Jersey dairy cattle.
- The school has employed 12 workers, who directly help manage the dairy unit, poultry and horticulture farm.
- Valentine Kasaya, a Form Four student, says they get first-hand experience on livestock rearing and growing crops from the farm.
- She notes the school is building a dormitory from money they make from the farm. They also use part of the money to support needy students who are not able to raise school fees.
One ends up at Moi Girls High School Vokoli in Vihiga County after a few minutes’ drive off the Chavakali-Kapsabet Road.
The school is a hub of agricultural activities as it runs a horticulture farm and keeps various livestock that include dairy cows, poultry, goats and sheep.
In their 12m-by-6m barn, they house nine dairy cows. Assistant farm manager Morris Chae says the farm has five Ayrshire and four Jersey dairy cattle.
“Currently, we are milking seven cows. We collect at least 72 litres of milk daily, 41 in the morning and the rest in the evening,” says Chae.
Some 64 litres of milk is consumed in the school, while the rest is sold to the local community at Sh60 per litre, says Chae.
They feed the cows napier grass, which they harvest from their farm.
“We have napier grass on 2.5 acres. We also give the animals dairy meal during milking. In a month, the cows consume about 17 50kg bags of dairy meal which go for Sh2,300 each,” he says.
The school has employed 12 workers, who directly help manage the dairy unit, poultry and horticulture farm. “They ensure the cows, sheep, chickens and goats are well-fed, there’s plenty of water to drink and the barns are clean.”
Opposite the dairy unit sits the poultry house that hosts 185 layers.
“We used to keep pigs in the unit until they started dying due to diseases. Three years later, we cannot complain.”
The farm collects about six trays of eggs a day, which are sold to residents and staff at Sh33o per tray.
The school has a steady supply of vegetables for its students. They grow managu (nightshade), cow peas (kunde), saget (spider plant), sukuma wiki (collard greens) and cabbages as part of the student’s agriculture practicals. Some 2.5 acres is under maize.