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Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 15:08 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
As a way of making prisoners self-reliant citizens at the end of serving their sentences, the Nakuru Main GK Prison has introduced integrated farming training where prisoners are being trained on sustainable agriculture practices.
Speaking at the Nakuru ASK Showground, Senior Sergeant Richard Waweru said that the training was aimed at equipping prisoners with modern farming skills that can enable them actively engage in farming for commercial gain.
Mr Waweru said that if well manned in a small plot measuring 40X80ft, one can be able to rear rabbits, chicken, fish and still grow a variety of vegetables, tubers and cereals.
One of the models being used in integrated farming is the storey farming where a farmer constructs a “storey” farm where he plants vegetables on the top, rear rabbits and chicken at the middle while droppings from the chicken and urine from rabbits is deposited in the fish pond located below the model farm. The droppings and urine act as food for the fish as they facilitate the growth of algae.
Mr Waweru said that most farmers in towns have adopted the integrated farming method and are able to make quick cash and also save the cost of purchasing vegetables. While calling on those with small farms to adopt the same, Mr Waweru said that most prisoners after leaving the correctional facilities are able to start up small agri-businesses which enable them to make a living.
At the same time, all is set for this year’s Nakuru ASK Show with over 300 exhibitors expected to take part in this year’s showpiece that is expected to be graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Show chairman Margret Anami said that they have put adequate measures in place to ensure that the event, which will kick off on 4 July, goes on smoothly.
Preparations are in top gear with at the ASK Showground with some of the exhibitors already on the ground getting set for the event. The theme for this year’s Show is Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County