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Patmos Cottage School Maize Farm Project 2024.

Kenya has experienced five consecutive below-average rainy seasons, causing the longest and most severe drought in recent history.  In agro-pastoral areas well-below-average rainfall has limited land preparation and planting, resulting in minimal harvests.  The drought, combined with the high cost of fuel and fertiliser, has presented significant challenges for the farm workers at the school maize farm.

In November 2023 the farm worker at the school maize farm, reported that the total harvest of maize for the year yielded 78 x 90Kg bags from the 4 acres of land that was planted.  A second season planting of beans yielded 1 x 90Kg bags of beans and these will be used as bean seed in the next planting this year.  As long as land rental costs do not significantly increase then 5 acres of land will be rented in 2024.


January 2024 Update:

In later December, during the school break, the Founder of the school, Mr. Richard Wanjala Manya, visited the school maize farm to oversee the land rental for the 2024 planting season.  This year the school will be renting 4 acres of land.  The preparation of the land will take place in February ahead of the planting of maize and beans in April.  The beans will be intercropped with the maize as in previous years.  

May 2024 Update:

Richard  visited the school maize farm during the Easter school break.  The weeding of the land took place the first week in May.  

There are many challenges which maize farmers are facing in Kenya this year including a significant risk of fake fertilisers which have reportedly infiltrated into government stores as well as a general shortage of fertilisers.  It is hoped that by the time the second weeding session is due to commence that supplies of top dressing fertiliser will have been distributed to government stores and able to be purchased by farmers.  

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 2023 click here

To read about the maize harvest in 2022 click here

To read about the maize harvest in 2021 click here

To read about the maize harvest in 2020 click here

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Richard visiting the school maize farm in December 2023.

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The 78 x 90 Kg sacks of maize harvested in November 2023.

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The first weeding of the land took place in April 2024.

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