Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya

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CATIC Certificate Course in Crop and Livestock Production for Semi Arid Areas

Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre offers a one year residential, practical course in Crop and Livestock Production for Semi Arid Areas. The course is based on the proven 30 years of farming experience at the Cheptebo Centre farm and is intended primarily for those farming in semi arid areas. Participants will spend about 40% of the time in classroom instruction and training and 60% of practical farming experience on the Centre farm and on other local farms. Students will also be allocated a small plot to develop and demonstrate their acquired farming skills. 

Modules on other innovations relevant to the farming industry are included in the course.These include biogas technology, computing and processing of farm produce. See below for a full listing of course modules.

The course will be accredited by TVETA and certificates awarded to those who successfully complete the course.

The course begins on Monday 8th January 2018 and ends with the Graduation Ceremony on Friday 14th December.

Course Ethos. As a ministry of Africa Inland Church, the course is based on, and directed by, Biblical principles. Teaching on Biblical Principles for life, family and work is included as part of the course and all participants are expected to attend these sessions to successfully complete the course. The course is open to all who have the required entry qualification, of any faith or none.

Entry Qualifications. Applicants must have ..................

Course Fees

Applications for Admission to the Course. Contact ........ for a Course Application Form. Completed Application Forms must be received by .....

 Teaching Components of the Course

Course Introduction

1.0 Course Opening and Introduction

1.1 Introduction to crop and livestock farming in SA Areas

1.2 Mathematics for Trainees

Soils and Water

2.0 Soils in Semi arid Areas

(Types, classification, uses, fertility)

2.1 Soil erosion and control methods

2.2 Water requirements and utilisation in semi arid Areas

(Sources, requirements, storage, irrigation systems)

Crop Production

3.0 Fruit Crops

3.1 Vegetable Crops

3.2 Field Crops

3.3 Nursery establishment and management

3.4 Organic Farming/FGW/Composting and FYM

3.5 Greenhouse technology

3.6 Agroforestry

Livestock Production

4.0 Dairy Cattle

4.1 Dairy Goats and Sheep

4.2 Poultry, Rabbits

4.3 Beekeeping

4.4 Fodder, Pasture, fodder conservation


5.0 Introduction to Computing

5.1 Elective Week 1 Computing; Beekeeping, Biogas, Catering

5.2 Processing farm produce (Value added)

5.3 Farm Structures and Equipment

5.4 Elective Week 2 : Computing; Beekeeping, Biogas, Catering


6.0 Farm management and marketing

6.1 Agri business