KEPHIS trains persons with disabilities on fruit tree farming in Embu County

Embu – Fifty persons with disabilities (PWDs) were trained by KEPHIS on the importance of fruit tree farming in Embu County. 

The training, which included practical demonstration of grafting, was aimed at enabling the Big 4 Agenda by encouraging the farmers to plant fruit trees such as mangoes and avocadoes and nuts such as cashew and macadamia.

 

Persons with Disabilities and KEPHIS staff after a training on fruit tree farming at St Paul’s Church Hall, Embu County

The training was officiated by the Chief Officer, Agriculture for Embu county Mr. Gatumo who emphasized inclusivity by the county government especially for PWDs. He emphasized that the economy of Embu is predominantly agricultural, hence urged participants to plant fruits and vegetables to promote food availability.  

 

Chief Officer, Embu County Mr. Gatumo addressing Persons with Disabilities during a one day training on fruit tree farming

KEPHIS Officer-in-Charge, Embu Region Mr. Ephraim Wachira took them through the mandate of KEPHIS. Mr. Wachira, who represented the Managing Director Dr. Esther Kimani, emphasized on the climate change initiative hence the reason for more fruit trees and nuts. 

KEPHIS officers Pamela Kibwage and Peterson Munene trained the PWDs on nursery certification and the establishment and management of macadamia nurseries. 

 

Pamela Kibwage and Peterson Munene educating the farmers on nursery establishment in Embu County

Practicals

Later the participants were taken through practical sessions on macadamia grafting and husbandry and management of nursery diseases and pests.

  

A trainer demonstrating grafting of macadamia seedlings

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