Welcome & Remarks by Dr. Sunday Ekesi – Director, Research & Partnerships, ICIPE. Representing the Director General of ICIPE, the Director of Research and Partnership (DRP), Dr. Sunday Ekesi, welcomed all the event visitors, guests and participants to the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) Day. Dr. Ekesi thanked Biovision Foundation for the support it had given to both ICIPE and BvAT over the years and assured them that the funds were being utilized in the most effective and efficient way to generate and disseminate knowledge and information on ecological sustainable agriculture while ensuring that as many farmers as possible were reached and benefitted from the research efforts. Dr. Ekesi reiterated the strong collaboration and partnership between ICIPE and BvAT, and mentioned some areas to illustrate this:
The Organic Farmer (TOF) has been awarded the Best Agricultural Blog by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) winners of 2018. For the past six (6) years, BAKE has been awarding exceptional work under various categories.Different bloggers in different categories were recognized and awarded during the Winners’ Gala event on Saturday, 19th May at a Nairobi hotel. Other nominees competing in the same category were: http://farmerstrend.co.ke, http://kenyavet.wordpress.com, http://graduatefarmer.co.ke and http://topfarmer.co.ke.To determine a winner, a call for submission of blogs for nomination to various categories is made, followed by judging phase, then online voting dates are set and announced to the nominees. All nominees lobby for votes and the Winners’ for various categories are announced at a Gala event organised by BAKE Secretariat. 2018 submission was launched on January 11th. Online voting kicked off on April 4th and closed on May 7th.Thank you for walking the journey with www.theorganicfarmer.org!
Taita taveta is best known for hosting the world reknown Tsavo East and West National park.A traveler visiting the area for the first time is awed by the hills and mountains that seem to be a touching distance away.We are here to meet Bakari Mbise Mwololo a large scale tomato and onion farmer.Bakari has been farming since 1991, initially he was farming in a one and half acres piece of land in oloitoktok but later moved to Taita taveta in 2009 where he has become a respected farmer. Currently he farms in 25hectares where he alternates between Tomatoes and onions. To help him run the farm he has employed a farm manager who helps in the day to day running of the farms. Numbers Don’t Lie Anyone who undertakes Tomato and onion Farming can attest to the fact that its capital and labour intensive. In 2016 Bakari managed to make a profit of 300,000 from his onion plant and 700,000 from his tomato plant Climatic Conditons Climatic conditions Tomato grows […]