This is a 20ha commercial farm 220km South of Nairobi in the Southern Ukambani drylands. It is watered by Kibwezi river, allowing irrigation of vegetables (1.5ha) and fruit trees (mangoes 7ha). Other activities include tree growing (mostly mukau or Melia volkensii and Azadirachta indica, the neem tree), small-scale sheep rearing and bee keeping. Of course there is a tree nursery, and activities such as fodder production for the sheep and compost making.
A special feature of Mukuyu farm is its low pressure irrigation system, with cheap water storage tanks. These are simple earth embankments with a plastic liner, linked for irrigation with Kenyan-made PE pipes. Their sizes are flexible, and such basins can contain anything between 30-100,000 ltr of water.
Simple techniques like mulching to limit evaporation, stressing mango trees for out-of-season production, creation of impenetrable hedges with indigenous acacias are all appealing features for visitors, willing to learn.
Another synergy for BGF is that it is a research ground for its own activities. An example is the occurrence of a stem cancer on mukau, which after analysis proved to be of bacterial origin. Similarly, several more, small, facts contribute to a continuous incremental improvement for BGF’s plantation management. The synergies also work the other way round, as Mukuyu Farm has benefited of the continuous quality improvement system as practised in BGF.
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