Marimanti Rural Training Centre, Tharaka District
Marimanti Rural Training Centre serves the marginal areas of the Eastern Province of Kenya. The centre trains farmers on better farming methods, use of appropriate technologies and on sustainable agriculture. It also provides quality seeds and improved plant materials, with the aim of increasing food production and uplifting the standard of living of the peasant farmers in the region. There are also bee-keeping and honey refinery activities at this centre.
Several farmers’ training programs are conducted here annually. The Centre also undertakes some tailor-made training sessions for farmers according to their training needs. Subjects covered during the farmers training sessions include, among others, crop production, intensive farming and kitchen gardening, organic farming, horticultural production, rain water harvesting techniques, livestock production, resource management and family life education, soil and water conservation measures, food and nutrition.
There is also the Nkondi farm, about 13 Kms from the centre, which acts as the demonstration farm for the Centre. At this farm, there are various varieties of food crops, trees and fruit trees.
The Centre encourages the farmers to start income generating activities. It has well established fruit and tree nurseries and encourages the communities to grow more trees to counter deforestation.
There is a lot of collaboration and co-operation between Marimanti Rural Training Centre, local administration, relevant government ministries, NGOs and agricultural research institutions. It has basic accommodation facilities for 20 people.
Ribe Rural Development Centre, near Mombasa
The Ribe Centre caters for the Coastal region of Kenya. It is still in its initial stage of establishment. The centre was initiated by the Women Fellowship of the Coast region. Its objective is to train farmers in the area on better farming methods, use of appropriate technologies, sustainable agriculture and income generating activities, so as to increase food production and uplift their standard of living.
Presently a zero grazing unit has been established at the centre and there are demonstration plots as well as tree and fruit nurseries. It is envisaged that when this centre is fully established, it will have training and accommodation facilities, livestock development and management, general agriculture with emphasis on horticulture, agro-forestry and community development activities. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the image(s).