By Buno Woche
Logologo is an arid and semi arid area, albeit with a lot of water. The vegetation is predominantly made up of acacia trees and other hardy plants which are suitable for surviving in these harsh climatic conditions. It is therefore a big surprise to find a veritable garden of Eden amidst this all. This is the story of one man, pastor Elias Kithinji of the Full Gospel Church, who did just that.
When did the project Start?
The project started back in 2015 and most of the trees you see around are the same age.
How did you get funding for the project?
An individual gave us a donation which enabled us to drill a borehole in November 2015. The tanks and pumps for the borehole were funded by FIDA(Finnish Agency) in 2016. Other partners are USAID,Kenya Rapid and the county government of Marsabit who also helped us a lot.
How many greenhouses do you have?
They are actually shade houses and not green houses. They are 5 in number and are much cheaper that green houses. They cost Ksh 130,000 but an improvised one will cost Kes 80,000
What Kind of crops do you grow here?
We grow eggplants, green grams,sorghum,tomatoes,sweet potatoes,spinach,finger millet, moringa,pawpaws and onions.
I noticed that you grow a lot of Muringa, why is that?
The Moringa is a very nutritious plant. Hot and dry are precisely the conditions in which the Moringa thrives in and Logologo is just that.
How much produce do you normaly get?
We used to harvest 130kgs of tomatoes every week although they have now been attacked by Tuta Absoluta. We also get a lot of spinach and Moringa. The message we want to send is that even in such an arid area people can feed themselves.
How is the project helping the community around?
The church supports Ilbarok women group who run 3 shade houses and have planted half an acre of Moringa. they were given training in all these which we still plan to further. We also plan to start a fish pond with the women group.
What advice would you give to people who would like to do something similar?
To study the best plants that can survive where they intend to farm and the best practices. I believe we can turn even the driest parts of Marsabit into the nation’s bread basket.