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Highland Arrowroot Production taking roots in Central Region

NALEP programme is about empowerment of the communities to take charge of their own development initiatives. Through a well researched and testing farming technologies farmers were able to adopt a new technology introduced by NALEP staffs. With the growing demand of traditional food (Orphaned crops) NALEP is encouraging farmers to increase production of these crops because they are drought, disease and pest resistant.
Under NALEP’s guidance, the focal area known as Gitumbi was divided into four blocks and in one of the blocks, a Common Interest Group (CIG) called Irati B in Kigumo, Muranga County, consisting of 15 mebers can attest to the productivity of the highland Arrowroot production technology.
Mama Lucy Muthoni, a local farmer in the area, took up the new technology in 2009 when NALEP trained the local farmers on how to grow food crops and ensure food security. Arrowroots are mainly grown in swampy areas and since Kigumo area in not swampy, members were taught on how to create their own swampy spots for planting arrowroots.

Benefits of Arrowroots Production:

–    Enough harvests by farmers to sustain their families.
–    Serves as alternate delicacies to potatoes and bread.
–    Leaves can be used as vegetables as they are nutritious.
–    Increased sale in the markets.
–    Trained farmers by NALEP have trained others.

Obstacles faced by the Farmers:

–    Inadequate water which limits the area under crop.
–    Marketing of the produce.

Future Focus:

–    Plans to open up a resource centre within the locality to train others.

Procedure of Highland Arrowroots Production:

–    Dig a trench of one and half feet deep and four feet wide but the length depends on how big your piece of land is.
–    Put a polythene paper all round the trench.
–    Lay plant twigs.
–    Mix soil and compost manure (ratio 1:3)
–    Put the mixture into the trench.
–    Pour a lot of water into the trench about 8 drums to create a swampy state.
–    Plant the arrowroots cuttings.
–    Keep the area swampy by watering often.

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NALEP Annual Report July 2009-June 2010

NALEP Annual Report July 2009-June 2010(27MB)

Learn from the Success of Keka Ninesi Self Help Group

Keka Nineesi (I WISH  I KNEW) self help group was started in Mutomo district and is registered with Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development. It has a membership of 30 with 7 men and 23 women.
Their main objective was;
•    Improvement of their house hold income
•    Production of faster growing goat offsprings

The group at its inception had local goats which took too long to reach maturity for market. The group members had inadequate knowledge on proper goat rearing and marketing skills i.e. farming as a business. The farmers had no breeding material for upgrading the local goats for meat and each household had between 20 to 30 local goats (small in size).

NALEP SIDA through its involvement in promoting and strengthening grassroots institutions that facilitates communities to identify and pursue their development agenda conducted capacity building mechanism through trainings on meat goat husbandry and farming as business. This assisted the group members to manage their resources effectively.

Current Status:

The group currently is undertaking the following activities;

Trainings– Several trainings have been conducted on meat goat husbandry by NMK, NALEP & DASS. The group organized and participated in their own funded field day.

Meat goat production- The group has 62 goats (13 males, 11 gallas and 2 Toggenbergs purchased through Njaa Marufuku grants (NMK); 49 females of which 20 are offsprings of the breeding bucks.

Table banking activities – each group member is loaned between 5,000/=- 10,000/= repayable within 3 months. Kshs. 450,000/= circulates within the group under this scheme.


•    SAO –share an opportunity Kenya
•    NMK – Njaa Marufuku Kenya
•    NALEP -SIDA programme

Future focus;

The group intends to upscale and diversify their activities that would render services to the entire community by focusing on;

•    Transport services e.g.  Matatu business and
•    Construction of a guest house

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