School Maize Farm 2020

In 2019 a total of 106 x 90 Kg bags of maize were harvested at the school maize farm together with 2 x 90Kg bags of beans.

 

The beans are normally intercropped with the maize and two crops of beans are planted, but this year due to poor weather conditions only one crop of beans could be planted later in the year.  This resulted in a much reduced harvest of beans.

 

The beans and some of the maize will be used in the School Feeding Program which aims to provide a breakfast of porridge and a daily meal for the children.  Some of the sacks of maize will be sold to raise funds for the land rental in 2020 as well as the purchase of fertiliser and the hire of a tractor.

September 2020 Update:

Unfortunately this year with the covid-19 restrictions in place throughout Kenya which limited movement of people and transport, farming activities were severely impacted.  This has meant that instead of cultivating 6 acres of crops we have only been able to plant maize and beans on 3 acres of land.  We intercropped beans with  the maize and the first bean harvest yielded 2 x 90kg bags of beans.  A second bean crop has been planted which should be ripe by late October.  The maize plants are reported to be doing  well at the moment and the maize is due to be harvested in late October/early November 2020.

Some of the 106 x 90Kg bags of maize harvested in 2019.

Photos of the maize crop taken in late August 2020

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