If it wasn’t for the sun, my fruits will not be greener

Former Central Bank governor, Micah Cheserem in his farm in Moiben, Uasin Gishu, where he largely grows avocados. He started with 1,200 avocado seedlings and then last year in March, added 4,600 more. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Micah Cheserem, former chairman of the Commission on Revenue Allocation, runs his fruit farm on solar, saving Sh100,000 monthly that he would use on power bills.
  • His is a farm that runs purely on green energy, with the established farmer saying use of solar power has helped him save an average of Sh100,000 a month that would have gone on electricity bills.
  • Atop the houses are solar panels. The expansive farm, which uses 340,000 litres of water daily, has 114 solar panels that tap direct power from the sun, which is then converted to alternate current to power machines.
  • Cheserem, who is also a former Central Bank governor, has planted the Hass, Pinkerton and Fuerte avocado varieties. The Hass variety constitutes 70 per cent of the fruit trees.

The little-known Kapsoen village, a few kilometres off the Eldoret-Iten road in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, is currently dusty and hot.

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