Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya
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Farm Crop Production
Cheptebo Centre Farm is used for demonstration, farmer training and commercial production, so a wide range of crops, production techniques and farming systems are employed. Over the past 28 years the farm has developed particular expertise in small scale farming for the semi arid areas. This is now the particular focus of the demonstration and training activities.
Crops. An extensive area is devoted to fruit crops which are particularly suited to such areas. This includes six varieties of improved mangos, six varieties of improved banana produced using the tissue culture multiplication system, citrus such as orange, lemon and tangerine and also pawpaw.
A range of vegetable crops, beans and drought resistant crops are also produced.
Production Techniques. Irrigation systems are crucial for year round production in semi arid areas.The farm demonstrates furrow and basin irrigation as well as sprinkler systems and the highly efficient dripper line based on Israeli technology.
Production Techniques. Irrigation systems are crucial for year round production in semi arid areas.The farm demonstrates furrow, basin and sprinkler irrigation systems and the highly water efficient drip lines based on Israeli technology.