Agriculturalist savours the fruits of mixed farming

Dr Rael Taiy in her farm in Lemok, Kapseret constituency in Uasin Gishu County. She is savouring the benefits of mixed farming, where she intercrops her plants to save on land and for the crops to benefit from each other, and use manure from her animals as fertiliser and in the ponds. PHOTO | WINNIE LELEI | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Her 10-acre farm hosts cabbages, indigenous vegetables, carrots, chilli, beans, plantains, sweet potatoes and fruits such as passion and avocados. She also keeps chickens, dairy goats and cattle.
  • According to the farmer, she only brings in chicks when she has received an order as opposed to rearing them without guarantee for a market. She sells up to 200 chicks in a month.
  • Dr Taiy further keeps tilapia and catfish in two separate ponds, with the water in the ponds coming from a borehole and rainwater, which she harvests.

Dr Rael Taiy of Lemok village in Kapseret constituency, Uasin Gishu County, has been working to dispel the notion that farming is for those who lack jobs.

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