In Summary
  • Apart from the greenhouse, they were also offered two water tanks of 5,000 and 500 litres capacity.
  • Imbayi notes Kephis and various seed companies were impressed by their farming activities on part of the school’s six acres before they helped them establish the greenhouse and demo farms that include that of sunflower.
  • Victor Nandwa, a Class Seven pupil says the school farming project has inspired him to start his own poultry project.
  • Proceeds from the farm are used to buy uniforms and see needy students through secondary school.

A group of pupils at Lunza Primary School in Butere, Kakamega County, are keen on setting a good example to villagers on the diverse crops they can grow in an area dominated by sugar cane and maize.

The 4K Club members have planted tomatoes in a greenhouse where they are flourishing, giving residents a glimpse of how the crop can perform.

And in an open field, maize, orange-flesh sweet potatoes, sunflower, Nerica (upland) rice, sorghum, fodder and indigenous vegetables are flourishing.

“We had a farmers’ field day in July, enabling our pupils to show residents the crops that can grow in this region apart from maize and sugar cane. A good number of those who attended were their parents,” says Imbayi.

Inside the 18-by-30ft greenhouse, they have planted 300 tomatoes.

“We grow the Silka variety, which does well in the region. The club members and myself were first trained by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service on various agronomic practices in January before they set up the greenhouse for us,” says Imbayi.

Apart from the greenhouse, they were also offered two water tanks of 5,000 and 500 litres capacity.

“We have a borehole in the school from where we pump water to the tanks before it is channelled to the farms,” he explains.

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