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Pasture Week in Marsabit County

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Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-10-17 15:37


God we are helping you plant grass,” was a sentiment aired by one of the farmers in Golbo ward, Marsabit County during the pasture week. Planting grasses and fodder production remains culturally unaccepted as an economic activity. Over the years, most people have and believe that only God can plant grasses and a handful know that grasses produce seeds. A big gap, therefore, needs to be filled through training and demonstrating on pasture production for subsistence and commercial uses for sustainability and livelihood improvement. The people of Marsabit County are becoming receptive towards pasture production as a consequence of training.


The pasture week in Marsabit County aimed to inaugurate pasture production demonstrations- land preparation and broadcasting of the grass seeds. Stakeholders during the pasture week were the University of Nairobi represented by Dr. Stephen Mureithi, Officials from REGAL-AG, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries represented by Officials from Marsabit County, KALRO officials represented by Mr. Hussein Walaga, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) representatives, and administrative officials.

 The people of Marsabit County have agreed to be part of the change to sustainability through fodder production. They have enclosed their land with chanju and are actively preparing their land by tilling and removing aggressive weeds. With the assistance of Dr. Stephen Mureithi (UoN) (holding the pictures) the farmers in Badassa, Jaldesa, Mountain, Karare, Sololo, Dirdima, Watiti, Heilu Manyatta and Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) Moyale learnt how to prepare land for grass planting, selection of grass varieties for planting, planting which was demonstrated on every site aforementioned.

This activity was held from 3rd to 12th October 2016. During which a total number of 130 men and 118 women were trained on the 3 aspects. Additionally, a total number of 23.5 hectares were planted with grass seeds (Cenchrus ciliaris (African foxtail) and Eragrostis superba  (masai love grass)).

Text Box: A woman carrying a baby spreads seeds in ATC Moyale sub-county.</p />
</p><p>Photo credit: Ms. Hannah Nyakio, MSc. student ADIS-UoN<br />


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Thu, 2019-10-31 15:37

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