School Maize Farm 2020
Last year (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 last 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 were 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 were sold to raise funds for the land rental in 2020 as well as for 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 November/early December 2020.
December 2020 Update:
During the short school break in December, Richard Wanjala Manya was able to visit the school maize farm. He reported that a total of 53 x 90 kg bags of maize and 2 x 90kg bags of beans had been harvested in 2020. Twenty bags of maize will be used at Patmos School in the School Feeding Program and the remaining 33 x 90 Kg bags of maize will be sold locally to raise the funds needed to rent 6 acres of land for the 2021 season. It is also the intention to retain one of the bags of beans which will be used as bean seeds and planted in early 2021.
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