Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya

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Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre



2017 Brochure of Training Modules





An introduction to Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre.


Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre (CATIC) is the training component of the AIC Cheptebo Rural Development Centre. This centre was established in 1986 by Africa Inland Church Kenya to be a Christian Centre of excellence that effectively contributes to the spiritual, physical, social and economic empowerment of the community.

A central component of the Centre is the demonstration and training farm. Over the 28 years of its existence the farm has built up extensive experience in all aspects of semi arid agriculture. This includes field crops, vegetables, fruit production and livestock husbandry. The farm specialises in the production of high quality fruit crops, especially mango, banana, citrus and pawpaw. The livestock section has high quality dairy cows and dairy goats as well as poultry and beekeeping. A large tree nursery produces over 50,000 quality assured seedlings per year which are sold to local farmers as well as neighbouring counties.

The Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre began offering training courses in 2014. Training is based on proven agricultural practices being demonstrated on the centre farm and on neighbouring farms. All activities are particularly relevant for the semi arid areas and for small scale farmers who do not have access to high levels of mechanisation. Training is provided by qualified staff who are actively engaged in the day to day activities of the centre farm. From time to time visiting lecturers are invited to provide further specialist training.

As a Christian training centre, all our training and activities are based on a Christian worldview. This underpins all our activities and daily Bible Study, worship and prayer times take place at which all staff and students are expected to participate. The training is open to those of all faiths and none, but participation in these Christian activities is considered as an integral part of the training course.

Course can be designed for any group, using any combination of the modules currently on offer. A minimum of 5 participants are required for any course. Meals and accommodation are included in the full course fee.

Course organisers and individual farmers considering using CATIC for agricultural training are welcome to arrange a visit to see what is being offered and to discuss the particulars of their training requirements. Alternatively this can be done by phone or email.

Please see the website www.cheptebo.org to get further information and updates on Cheptebo Centre and CATIC activities.



Index of Modules currently available


Introductory Modules

Module 1.0     Introduction to Crop and Livestock Production in semi arid areas

Module 1.1     Introduction to Crop Production in semi arid areas

Module 1.2     Introduction to Livestock Production in semi arid areas

Module 1.3     Introduction to Soil management and utilization

Module 1.4     Introduction to Water management and Irrigation systems


Crop Production Modules

Module 2.1     Mango Production

Module 2.2     Citrus Production

Module 2.3     Banana Production

Module 2.4     Pawpaw and minor fruit crop Production

Module 2.5     Vegetable Crops and Kitchen Gardens

Module 2.6     Greenhouse Technology

Module 2.7     Tree Nursery establishment and management

Module 2.8     Vetiver Grass establishment and management


Livestock Production Modules

Module 3.1     Dairy Cattle management in semi arid areas

Module 3.2     Dairy Goat management in semi arid areas

Module 3.3     Poultry management

Module 3.4     Beekeeping


Innovation and Technical Modules


Module 4.2     Starting a Small Business

Module 4.3     Value Addition in Agricultural Production

Module 4.4     Record Keeping and Time Management

Module 4.5     Farming God’s Way (Conservation Agriculture based on Biblical Principles)

Module 4.6     Introduction to Computing

Module 4.7     Biogas technology




All Modules will have a daily component where Biblical principles are presented to guide individuals, families and life activities.

 


Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre has applied for accreditation with TVETA ( Technical and Vocational Educational Training Authority).


COURSE FEES:  please click here for details



CATIC Trainers and Facilitators


W Rono                                                     Farm crops, irrigation, beekeeping

T Chepkon’ga                                            Soils, Fruit Tree Crops, Farming God’s Way

J Kitilit                                                        Tree Nursery Management

J Kimeli                                                      Management

J Langat                                                     Dairy Production

S Teimuge                                                 Soils and Erosion Control

W J Rettie                                                  Training Consultant




Detailed description of all training modules available in 2017.


(Please note that some module descriptions are currently being revised)


INTRODUCTORY MODULES


Module 1.0                 Introduction to Crop and Livestock Production in semi arid areas


Crop and livestock production in semi arid areas must meet the challenges of low and erratic rainfall patterns, high temperatures and differing levels of soil fertility. This will limit the production potential for some types of crops and livestock but can be a positive production advantage for other crops, varieties and types of livestock. With almost 30 years of practical experience the Cheptebo RDC farm has identified crops types and varieties as well as livestock breeds which are particularly suited to the semi arid areas. To support these activities a range of production methods have been developed to make the best use of available resources and to exploit the comparative advantages of the condition experienced in the semi arid areas.

This module will present an overview of crop and livestock production in semi arid areas. Time will not permit detailed instruction and training in all aspects of production but the course will introduce all the main crops and livestock being demonstrated on the Centre farm as well as appropriate production methods. As with all modules on offer, about 1/3 of the total module time will be devoted to classroom instruction while the remaining time will offer course participants practical 'hands on' experience on the farm.

Course participants who wish to develop their understanding and practical skill in any part of what is presented in this introductory course can the go on to take other specialist modules to meet their requirements.


Learning Outcomes


Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main types of soil , their characteristics and management
  • Understand the  requirements and utilisation of water in semi arid agricultural production
  • Know the main categories of crops (field, vegetable and fruit) which can be grown in semi arid areas and their production requirements
  • Know the various types of livestock suited to semi arid areas and requirements for successful management
  • Have an understanding of tree nursery establishment and management
  • Be aware of specialist production systems such as greenhouse technology, fruit tree grafting and budding, tissue culture bananas and the Farming God’s Way system.
  • have a basic understanding of small business management
Module 1.1         Introduction to Crop Production in semi arid areas

Crop production in semi arid areas must meet the challenges of low and erratic rainfall patterns, high temperatures and differing levels of soil fertility. This will limit the production potential for some types of crops but can be a positive production advantage for other crops and varieties.


The Cheptebo RDC farm has almost 30 years of practical farming experience in these conditions and through an ongoing programme of field trials and practical farming experience, a range of crops and production systems are being successfully demonstrated. This practical experience forms the basis of the training being offered by CATIC.




Course participants who have already taken the Introductory Module 1.0 may wish either to take this module as a further general introduction to all types of crop production or they might wish to proceed directly to a specialist course in any one type of crop available in the Crop Production Modules listed below.

Module Description

This introductory module will present an overview of the challenges, opportunities and farming systems appropriate for profitable crop  in the drier areas of Kenya. This will include field crops, vegetables, fruit and other specialist crops. The module will cover soils types and their uses, water and irrigation and an introduction to the various crops being grown successfully in the southern Kerio valley. As this is an introductory module, time will not permit a detailed presentation of all farming systems and crops and the amount of time available for gaining practical experience on the farm will be limited. For a full training module in each of the subject areas being introduced in this module, prospective participants are referred to the range of module which follow.


Learning Outcomes

Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main types of soil and their characteristics
  • Understand which soil types are suited to different crops
  • Understand the cause and effect of different types of soil erosion
  • Know the various irrigation systems which are available and their use
  • Have an understanding of tree nursery establishment and management
  • Know which crops are suited to semi arid areas and how they can be grown
  • Be aware of specialist production systems such as greenhouse technology, fruit tree grafting and budding, tissue culture bananas and the Farming God’s Way system.
Module 1.2        Introduction to Livestock Production in semi arid areas

Until fairly recently the semi arid areas of Kenya were considered to be suited only to extensively grazed indigenous cattle and goats, local poultry and honey production. The experience of the Cheptebo RDC farm has demonstrated that with carefully selected breeds and appropriate management systems these areas can successfully support a wide range of improved animals. The centre farm specialises in dairy production (cattle and goats) as well as poultry and beekeeping.

This module introduces participants to the main types and breeds which have proved well suited to semi arid areas. The module will consider management requirements such as housing, nutrition, breeding, health and production. Value addition to livestock produce such as milk products and honey and beeswax will also be demonstrated.




Course participants who have already taken the Introductory Module 1.0 may wish either to take this module as a further general introduction to all types of livestock production or they might wish to proceed directly to a specialist course in any one type of livestock available in the Livestock Production Modules listed below.



Learning Outcomes.

Participants will be able to;

  • understand the characteristics of the various breeds and their suitability of different areas and farming systems
  • know the housing needs for dairy cattle and goats as well as poultry  and bees.
  • plan and provide for adequate fodder and other feeds for each type of livestock
  • understand different livestock breeding programmes
  • carry out all the regular management practices required for each type of livestock
  • carry out milking in a professional and hygienic way
  • harvest honey and know the uses of honey and beeswax
  • identify and treat common diseases
  • keep records and calculate the financial factors relating to the enterprise



Module 1.3                 Introduction to Soil Management and Utilisation


Soils form the basis of all agricultural production and are therefore of fundamental importance to any farming enterprise. Semi arid areas have been blessed with vast areas of potentially productive agricultural land. However this potential is often underutilised due to inappropriate land use practices which can lead to loss of nutrients and soil fertility, poor yields and at worst serious loss of valuable soil through erosion.

The activities of the Cheptebo Centre farm has demonstrated that land once considered of very low potential can, given proper management and utilisation, become highly productive.


Module Description

The module will examine the main types of soil found in semi arid areas. The characteristics and potential use of each soil type will be explained. The maintenance of soil fertility by different means including crop rotations and the addition of fertilizers both natural and artificial will be examined in detail.


Soil erosion is a major problem in many areas. The module will examine the causes and demonstrate effective ways of preventing ongoing erosion. Where erosion is already a serious problem techniques with be demonstrated to reclaim eroded land using both mechanical and vegetative intervention.

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Learning Outcomes 

                                                                                                                                               

Learning Outcomes

Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main types of soil and their characteristics
  • Understand which soil types are suited to different crops
  • Assess and maintain soil fertility
  • Understand the cause and effect of different types of soil erosion
  • Practise good farming methods which minimises soil erosion
  • Take positive action to reclaim eroded land

Duration of Module     3- 5 days



Module 1.4        Introduction to Water management and Irrigation systems in semi arid areas

The availability of adequate water is an essential requirement for all agricultural production. This is often the critical limiting factor for agricultural production in semi arid areas. It is therefore essential that the best use is made of this scare resource, using techniques that are both economically viable and appropriate for the crops being produced.


On the Cheptebo farm a range of water sources, water harvesting techniques and irrigation systems are being used and demonstrated. Experience has demonstrated which system is most appropriate for any crop or production system. The Israeli based drip irrigation system, which is highly efficient in water usage, has emerged as one of the best suited to semi arid areas.

Module Description

The module will examine the availability and utilisation of water in semi arid agriculture. The various sources of available water will be discussed, including their reliability, purity and cost. Various options for storing and conserving water will be presented. A major part of the module will be devoted to the understanding of various forms of irrigation including furrow, basin, overhead sprinkler and dripper lines. The cost, complexity and suitability for various cropping systems will be examined. The emphasis of the module will be on the practical application of this information and course participants will spend time discussing, designing and installing a variety of irrigation systems.


Learning Outcomes

Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main sources of water for agricultural use.
  • Understand the various systems available to harvest water and use it on their farms.
  • Know the water requirements of different crops
  • Understand the various irrigation systems available and their advantages and disadvantages for different cropping systems
  • Be able to install and operate the various irrigation systems

Duration of Module        3-5 days



CROP PRODUCTION MODULES

Module 2.1           Mango Production

Mango production has become a major cash crop in some parts of Kenya. Mature mango trees are highly drought tolerant and relatively disease free. Mango fruit of high quality finds a ready market both internally and increasingly as an export crop. A large number of varieties are now available to suit different growing conditions and to extend the traditional mango harvesting season.


Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of mango production, from the selection of suitable varieties to planning, field management to harvesting and marketing. Cheptebo Centre farm provides a large tree nursery and demonstration areas of mature mango trees representing all the main varieties suitable for semi arid areas. The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of mango production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful mango production.




Learning Outcomes


Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main mango varieties and their characteristics
  • select suitable soils and locations to establish mango trees
  • graft mango seedlings and care for them in the nursery
  • correctly space and plant mango seedling in the field
  • prune growing trees
  • identify pests and diseases and take appropriate action
  • maintain soil fertility and irrigate as necessary
  • identify mature fruit, harvest and store appropriately
  • general management of mango orchard
  • transport and market fresh fruit
  • understand the importance of ‘value addition’
  • understand the financial costs and benefit associated with mango production.

Duration of Module                5 days


Module 2.2                      Citrus Production

Citrus fruits include orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine. Overall production has been of minor importance in semi arid areas but a good market exists for quality citrus fruit. The centre farm maintains an orchard of Orange tree plus a few lemon trees for demonstration, training and production. The tree nursery raises budded citrus seedlings using lemon rootstock and scions from the farms mature trees. The main varieties grown are Washington Navel and Valencia.

Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of orange production, from the selection of suitable varieties, citrus nursery management to planting, field management, harvesting and marketing. Cheptebo Centre farm provides a nursery and demonstration areas of mature orange trees representing the main varieties suitable for semi arid areas. The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of banana production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial  proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful citrus production.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the main orange varieties and their characteristics
  • select suitable soils and locations to establish orange trees
  • bud citrus seedlings and care for them in the nursery
  • correctly space and plant citrus trees in the field
  • identify pests and diseases and take appropriate action
  • maintain soil fertility and irrigate as necessary
  • identify mature fruit, harvest and store appropriately
  • transport and market fresh fruit
  • understand the importance of ‘value addition’
  • understand the financial costs and benefit associated with orange production.

Duration of Module                  3- 5 days



Module 2.3                  Banana Production

Banana production is increasing in importance in semi arid areas with the introduction of new early maturing varieties of improved quality.

To improve the availability of high quality banana planting material, the Centre farm receives consignments of tissue culture banana plantlets from the laboratories of Jomo Kenyatta University. These are grown on and then hardened off for sale to local farmers. The plants are guaranteed disease free. All these new varieties are now being grown on the Centre farm and by neighbouring farmers.


Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of banana production, from the selection of suitable varieties to planning, field management to harvesting and marketing. Cheptebo Centre farm provides a large nursery and demonstration areas of mature banana representing all the main varieties suitable for semi arid areas. The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of banana production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful mango production.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the main banana varieties and their characteristics
  • select suitable soils and locations to establish banana plants
  • correctly space and plant bananas in the field
  • identify pests and diseases and take appropriate action
  • maintain soil fertility and irrigate as necessary
  • identify mature fruit, harvest and store appropriately
  • transport and market fresh fruit
  • understand the importance of ‘value addition’
  • understand the financial costs and benefit associated with mango production.

Duration of Module      3 - 5 days




Module 2.4                  Pawpaw Production

Pawpaw has traditionally been grown mainly for domestic consumption. However there is potential to increase production to meet an increasing demand for high quality fruit. As a fast maturing tree with only a limited productive lifespan, pawpaw is well suited to intercropping with slower maturing crops such as mango.

Mature fruit is difficult to transport over long distances so marketing is an important consideration. The centre farm maintains a stand of pawpaw and uses the trees in an intercropping system.

Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of pawpaw production, from the selection of suitable varieties to planning, field management, harvesting and marketing. Cheptebo Centre farm provides a nursery and demonstration areas of mature pawpaw trees representing the main varieties suitable for semi arid areas. The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of pawpaw production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful pawpaw production.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the main pawpaw varieties and their characteristics
  • select suitable soils and locations to establish pawpaw trees
  • correctly space and plant citrus trees in the field
  • correctly identify male and female trees
  • identify pests and diseases and take appropriate action
  • maintain soil fertility and irrigate as necessary
  • identify mature fruit, harvest and store appropriately
  • transport and market fresh fruit
  • understand the importance of ‘value addition’
  • understand the financial costs and benefit associated with pawpaw production.

Duration of Module         2 – 3 days

Module 2.5                       Vegetable Crops and Kitchen Gardens       Module details being prepared

Module 2.6                       Greenhouse Technology

Greenhouse technology can utilise a small area of land to maximise crop productivity. The technology was first developed for cold areas with high rainfall. However it has now been adapted for the hotter, semi area areas where very impressive results have been achieved. It such areas, the need is not to provide higher growing temperatures but rather to achieve better control over all growing conditions, including water utilisation and disease prevention.

At the Cheptebo farm two large greenhouses are already in continuous production, with a third planned to increase production, allow better crop rotation and provide a year round supply of high value crops.




Module Description

The module will include a detailed presentation of greenhouse technology. Participants will then learn how to site and construct a greenhouse. The module will consider which crops are suited to greenhouse production and cover all aspects of greenhouse management, including pests and diseases and gross margin analysis for different cropping patterns.

A major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful greenhouse production.


Learning Outcomes

Course participants will be able to;

  • Understand the possibilities and importance of greenhouse production
  • Site and construct a greenhouse
  • Prepare the seedbed and irrigation system
  • Know which crops can be grown in a greenhouse
  • Successfully grow selected crops in a greenhouse
  • Undertake all aspects of greenhouse crop management
  • Identify and control greenhouse pests and diseases



Module 2.7              Tree Nursery Establishment and Management


Successful tree crop production must begin with healthy tree seedlings. These can be obtained either from reputable suppliers or they can be produced by a farmer in his own tree nursery. The latter can be for home use or additional seedlings can be produced for sale. Note that if a commercial nursery is established it must be inspected by HCDA and certified by KEPHIS to propagate and sell seedlings.

At the Cheptebo Centre a large commercial tree nursery produces certified seedlings for use on the farm, for sale to local farmers and to neighbouring counties. The nursery specialises in grafting and budding fruit tree seedlings but also produces a range of other seedlings for timber, firewood, livestock fodder as well as for ornamental purposes.


Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of successful nursery management for planning the establishment of a tree nursery, obtaining planting material and raising seedlings, grafting, budding and maintaining healthy seedlings. The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of tree nursery production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required to establish and manage a successful tree nursery.


Learning Outcomes.

Participants will be able to;

  • Plan the establishment of a tree nursery
  • Know the importance of shade and water application
  • Know where to source healthy planting material
  • Know how to prepare soil for planting in tubes or nursery beds
  • How to maintain healthy seedlings
  • Identify pests and diseases and treat appropriately
  • Do budding and grafting for citrus and mango
  • Time production for marketing

Duration of Module      5 days

Module 2.8               Vetiver Grass establishment and management                 Module details being prepared.



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION MODULES

Module  3.1               Dairy Cattle Management in semi arid areas                    

Traditionally, milk yields in semi arid areas were typically very low due to the harsh climatic conditions. Local  breeds of cattle were well adapted to these conditions, and could survive on poor quality fodder and unreliable water supplies. The Cheptebo farm has introduced improved dairy breeds and this, combined with a cross breeding programme and improved management systems, has resulted in very significant increases in milk yields being achieved.


Module Description  This module will present the various breeds of dairy cattle suited to the semi arid areas, based on the experience at Cheptebo.   Participants will learn about the construction of dairy buildings, acquiring suitable animals, the provision of fodder and concentrates as well as all aspects of  breeding, nutrition, health, milking and general care of these valuable animals. At the end of the module participants will be able to plan a  dairy enterprise and provide all the requirements and management for a  successful dairy unit.

Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the module time performing all the activities required to establish and manage a successful dairy enterprise.


Learning Outcomes.

Participants will be able to ;

  • understand the characteristics of the various dairy cattle  breeds and their suitability of different areas and farming systems
  • understand the different management systems from pasture grazing to zero grazing
  • plan the construction of a building for dairy cattle
  • plan for  and provide adequate fodder and other feeds for each stage of the cows productive cycle
  • plan and implement a breeding programme and understand both natural breeding and artificial insemination
  • manage the cow through each stage of the productive cycle from mating to calving
  • care for calves frombirth to weaning
  • carry out milking in a professional and hygienic way
  • carry out all the regular management practices require for dairy cattle
  • maintain animal health, identify and treat common diseases, 
  • keep records and calculate the financial factors relating to the enterprise

Module  3.2               Dairy Goat Management in semi arid areas

Goats are widely distributed and well adapted to many different environments in Africa.

They can survive in harsh conditions and can live off poor vegetation and withstand water shortages. They have been kept mainly for meat, with their milk production usually being very low.

The introduction of improved milk breeds has substantially increased milk yield from both pure bred and cross bred animals. Goats’ milk is in high demand and is also important for people who are allergic to cows’ milk. With potential milk yields of up to 5 litres per goat per day, a higher level of management is necessary but the potential for increased income from thios enterprise is significant.




Module Description

The module will consider the various breeds of dairy goat available and their suitability for different climatic conditions and farming systems. Participants will learn about the construction of goat housing and provision of fodder as well as all aspects of breeding, health, milking and general care of these valuable animals. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required to establish and manage a successful dairy goat enterprise.


Learning Outcomes.

Participants will be able to;

  • understand the characteristics of the various dairy goat breeds and their suitability of different areas and farming systems
  • plan and construct a building for dairy goats
  • plan and provide for adequate fodder and other feeds for each stage of the goats productive cycle
  • plan and implement a breeding programme
  • manage the goat through each stage of the productive cycle from mating to kidding
  • care for young kids from birth to weaning
  • carry out milking in a professional and hygienic way
  • carry out all the regular management practices require for dairy goats
  • identify and treat common diseases
  • keep records and calculate the financial factors relating to the enterprise

Duration of module     5 days

Module 3.3              Poultry management                                          Module details being prepared.

Module 3.4              Beekeeping                                                          

Harvesting wild honey has been a traditional activity practised in semi arid areas over many centuries and has provided a valued supplement to local diets as well as for medicinal purposes. More recently, traditional log hives have been used to attract bees and eliminate the need to go hunting for this valuable commodity.

Modern bee hives and management techniques build on this local knowledge and enable farmers to increase production and produce  high quality honey for local consumption and increasingly for sale. Bees wax is an important byproduct which can be used to produce a wide range of products.




Module Description


The module will include a detailed presentation of the establishment and management of a modern top bar beehive unit.  Participants will  learn how a bee colony functions and how honey is produced. The module will explain the construction of a top bar hive, suitable locations for a colony, the importance of flowering plans and all aspects of the management of the colony. Pests and diseases will be identified and appropriate precautions and treatments explained. Honey harvesting and storage, the production of beeswax and beeswax products and sales of  these products will also be considered within the module. 

A major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time performing all the activities required for successful honey production.


Learning Outcomes


Course participants will be able to;


  • understand the construction, care and use of a modern top bar hive
  • identify and understand the function of queen, worker and drone bees within the colony
  • understand the process of honey production including the range and importance of     flowering plants
  • establish a honey bee colony in a top bar hive
  • undertake all aspects of management throughout the year
  • identify and take appropriate precautions against pests and diseases
  • harvest honey and produce honey, beeswax and beeswax products for sale

INNOVATION AND TECHNICAL
 MODULES
 
Module 4.2      Starting a Small Business                                   Module details being prepared.
Module 4.3     Value Addition in Agricultural Production         Module details being prepared.
Module 4.4      Record Keeping and Time Management            Module details being prepared.


Module 4.5                Farming God’s Way


Farming God’s Way is a well balanced Biblical, management and technological farming system using that which God has provided for His promise of abundant life. Originating in Zimbabwe it is now practiced extensively in many countries worldwide. In Lesotho, for example, where soil erosion has been a particularly serious problem and crop yields have declined drastically, the Farming God’s Way system has dramatically reduced the loss of valuable soil through erosion and crop yields have increased substantially, sometimes by as much as tenfold.






Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of the Farming God’s Way programme. The reasons for each aspect of the system will be explained and the results demonstrated.

The three management objectives are summarised as;

  • All farming activities done on time
  • Everything is done to a high standard
  • Minimal wastage of all resources

As well as the three guiding principles

  • Do not plough the land,
  • Do not burn crop residue
  • Practice crop rotation

Each of these Management Objectives and Guiding Principles will be explained in detail and in practical exercises.


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will understand the objectives and principles of FGW and how each affects the farming system
  • They will understand how different crops can be integrated into the FGW system
  • They will be able to plan and implement the FGW system on their farm
  • They will be able to teach and guide other farmers on how to use the system

Duration of Module      5 days

Module 4.6                         Introduction to Computing                      Module details being prepared.

Module 4.7                    Biogas Technology


With declining reserves of wood fuel, the official discouragement of charcoal burning and rising costs of electricity and oil based fuels, there is an urgent need to develop alternative energy sources.

One such alternative being successfully demonstrated at Cheptebo is that of biogas. The system uses farmyard manure from the dairy unit but other organic materials can also be used. As well as gas, the system produces a by-product which is a valuable fertiliser. A small, relatively inexpensive system has been used which is suitable for a small farm. Larger units can be used to provide cooking gas for institutions such as schools. All materials required for construction can be sourced in Kenya.


Module Description

The module will cover all aspects of constructing and maintaining a small biogas unit. Participants will be taught the principles of biogas production and will they construct a system as part of the module.

The training will include classroom instruction and detailed fact sheets providing written information on all aspects of biogas production. However a major emphasis in the module will be on learning through practical activities. Course participants should be prepared to spend a substantial proportion of the time construction a biogas unit.


Learning Outcomes.

Participants will be able to;

  • Understand how a biogas system works
  • Know the requirement for construction a biogas unit
  • Construct a biogas system
  • Successfully manage and maintain the system
  • Teach others how to construct a biogas system
  • Construct biogas systems as a business

Duration of Module     5 days

 
Module 0.0              Agroforestry                                        New module planned for 2017


Agroforestry involves the planting of trees and agricultural crops together within the same area of land. There is a wide range of reasons and advantages for using agroforestry as part of a farming system. These include erosion control, improving soil fertility and the provision of fodder and other tree products.

At present agroforestry practices are taught within other modules such as soil conservation and dairy goat husbandry. At present it is not being offered as a separate module.



(Module details will be available later)

COURSE FEES:  please click here for details
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