SEED SAVERS NETWORK PROMOTING AFFORDABLE INNOVATIONS FOR SMALL SCALE FARMERS
KeFAAS transformative agenda is pegged on its objectives, and one of them is to identify and upscale best practices and innovations in extension service delivery. Seed Savers Network is a KeFAAS member that has come up with innovative measures to promote biodiversity in crop production and ecological farming. The organisation is working with smallholder farmers to improve seed access and agro-biodiversity conservation. The network headquarters is in Gilgil Sub-county, Nakuru County and has worked with over 50,000 farmers across Kenya. Its programs include seed production and saving at farm level, climate smart agriculture, capacity building and advocacy for food security.
Smallholder farmers face reduced income due to drought, diseases and pests; and land degradation, forcing them to struggle to find the best and affordable agricultural inputs to address these problems. In addition, these farmers livelihoods are affected due to overuse of inorganic fertilizers. In Africa, these are some of the challenges that prevent smallholder farmers from improving production and gaining competitive access to markets.
In view of this, Seed Savers Network has embarked on promoting the use of liquid organic fertilizer that enable small scale farmers to produce vegetables in improved multi-storey and hanging gardens which require up to 50% less water. These technologies are ideal for farmers with small pieces of land and especially for urban and peri-urban farming. Different crops can easily be intercropped in these gardens.
The aim of making liquid manure is to quickly provide a crop with adequate natural plant food during the growing season. Liquid manure is ready for use after two or three weeks compared to six weeks or more for compost. The liquid manure which is made from bio-slurry or animal manures supplies nutrients fast. It is also ideal when plants are grown using the improved technologies indicated below.
How to make liquid manure
You will need the following materials and equipment’s