School Maize Farm 2021
In December 2020 Richard visited the school maize farm and reported that the maize and bean harvest yielded a total of 53 x 90Kg bags of maize and 2 x 90Kg bags of beans. Farming activities in Kenya have been severely impacted with the covid-19 restrictions and this together with poor weather conditions have significantly affected maize farms in the region.
It is the intention of the school to sell 33 of the bags of maize to fund the ongoing rental of land and equipment for the 2021 season. The remaining 20 x 90Kg bags of maize will be used in the School Feeding Program. One of the bags of beans will also be used at the school and the other bag will be used as bean seeds which will be intercropped with the maize. The school maize farm will be renting 5 acres of land in 2021.
Maize Farm Update December 2021:
In November a total of 87 x 90Kg bags of maize were harvested at the school maize farm.
As a result of changing weather patterns in the region over the past two years this has severely impacted the harvest. For example during the harvesting period when the maize had been cut and left to dry in the fields before threshing, torrential rain at that time resulted in a large amounts of the maize decomposing. The changing rain patterns also affected the bean harvest which this year yielded only 3 x 90 kg bags.
The cost of rental land and farming inputs have all increased recently and therefore we will continue to rent only 5 acres in 2022.
The maize and beans grown at the school farm supplement the School Feeding Program which aims to provide a breakfast of porridge and a daily meal for all the children at Patmos School.
To read about the maize harvest in 2020 click here
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