Mitimilele Ltd

Mivumoni Project

With the beginning of the big rainy season in 2012 we started a farm for trees in Mivumoni as well. There will be 6, 9 hectares of hardwoods and fruit bearing trees endangered or particularly useful in Kenya.

The endangered trees include Gmelia Arborea, the white teak tree, again the Casuarinas, the rare Mvule, a new Eucalyptus Hybrid species, which requires less water and honeysweet cultivated Mango and Orange trees and various officinal herb trees like Moringo Oleifera. Connected to all this is the idea of agro forestry.

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Specially appointed days for an open house and workshops will be used to encourage the public to get information about the project. Seeds and seedlings will be available for purchasing, and we will provide information which conditions the plants need for successful growing and how the plants can be utilized. Practically every plant also has a medicinal use that can be used and tried out.

Using the idea of ecological agro forestry, the trees will be integrated in the forest of Sugar palm trees, about 40 m in height. The young hardwoods will by no means have reached a height of 40m within the next ten years, and so the two different kinds will co-exist without trouble.

The area will also have a demarcation, a so called “living hedge" consisting of a fast growing tree with thorns, thus guarding the seedlings. Since there is still a problem with migrating cow herds trampling the seedlings, we were forced to use barbed wire fence in our other projects for now. As fence posts we used Borassus Palm trees that had do be felled for clearing the land. This is another example for using what is already there, an idea that was new to the area and much noticed.

The next step will be producing honey to use as food and medicine. As soon as the different trees start blooming, we will start bee-farming. Those who are interested will be shown how honey can be produced in a simple and effective way. This will not only eliminate the fear of these stinging insects, but will also encourage the raising of bee populations.

At the time now we also build a little farm for seedlings with a well and a house, so every little tree is provided with enough water once the dry season starts. Since the water-level is pretty high in this area and there is also a natural gradient, I am last but not not least thinking of a fish farming project. We would create a few little basins, made from cement.

The water then gradually flows downwards from one basin to another, thus bringing oxygen with it. Another idea for bringing food to the area. We will inform and pass on our knowledge on fish farming to everyone, who is interested in this idea for daily nutrition or to use as a business opportunity.

 

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