AMARANTH PROJECT REPORT

             

 

 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KITUI

AMARANTH PROJECT

JULY MONTHLY REPORT 2016

SENSITIZATION

The above mentioned exercise was going on in all the centers: Kitui, Mutomo, Muthale and Mwingi.  A total of 1651farmers [725M&926F] were sensitized on the nutritional value of grain amaranth.  Out of the total number of farmers sensitized, 463 [250M&213F] were from Museve primary school and the rest were sensitized during the Kitui County Agricultural show and Trade Fair. Value addition and utilization of grain amaranth was explained at length. The teachers and pupils showed great interest and welcomed the technology positively. It was agreed that the project officer will visit the school again for demonstration on land preparation. Grain amaranth seeds will be distributed once the school farm is ready. This will take place before the onset of Oct.-Dec. 2016 rain season.

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Sensitization exercise going on.

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A teacher addressing the pupils after sensitization exercise.

 

GRAIN AMARANTH HARVEST

The data concerning the above subject matter is still going on across the four centers namely: Kitui, Mutomo, Muthale and Mwingi. However a total of 54Kgsof grain amaranth has been recorded from two groups, i.e. Mbondoni support group and Francis Taylor tree for livelihood support group. This yield was for the March-April 2016 rain season. Data collection on the same is still going on and a comprehensive report will be given once all the data is collected as some farmers are still harvesting the crop.

ASAL-APRP EXPENDITURE VERIFICATION, FINANCIAL TRAINING AND COORDINATION MEETING.

This training and Coordination meeting started on 25th -29th July, 2016 at KALRO Sericulture-FPEAK Conference Center-Thika. It was attended by two amaranth project Officers and the project Accountant from The Catholic Diocese of Kitui. The purpose of the training was about ASAL APRP Expenditure verification and financial best practices as per the EU grant requirements. The coordination meeting started on 28th -29th July 2016 whereby the KALRO Project Coordinating Centers and the implementing partners made their presentations on the progress of their respective projects.

The Coordinator advised that the KALRO ASAL Accountant to liase with The Catholic Diocese of Kitui to ensure that the purchase of new amaranth project motorbike is done as soon as possible to ease mobility in Mwingi and Muthale.

KITUI COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW AND TRADE FAIR –ITHOOKWE.

The above activity took place from 20th -23rd July, 2016. A total of 15 farmers were selected to attend the show from different groups across the four centers. Sensitization on the nutritional value of grain amaranth was done. Value addition and utilization of different grain amaranth products was also done and the farmers took the lead role in this exercise. Different grain amaranth products were prepared and exhibited at the Catholic Diocese of Kitui stand. These grain amaranth products were: pure amaranth porridge, Rice mixed with grain amaranth to boost protein, amaranth chapatti, amaranth maadazi, porridge made by mixing finger millet flour and amaranth flour. Demonstration on harvesting techniques of grain amaranth was also done.

The project also had amaranth demo plot at the show ground which was used as a sensitization and demonstration component during the show.

Catholic diocese of Kitui was judged as the best faith based organization and it was awarded a trophy. This was very encouraging.

To disseminate information on the innovation, a total of 280 T-shirtswere printed and distributed to the farmers. The T-shirts were bearing nutritional information on amaranth and the KALRO logo at the back and Catholic Diocese of Kitui (CARITAS) and European Union logo in the front. 

A total of 1188 direct farmers [475M&713F]were sensitized on the nutritional value of grain amaranth. To get the indirect farmers it is assumed that every direct farmer will reach at least three farmers. Thus1188*3 = 3564 indirect farmers. To segregate on the gender it is assumedthat1/3will be males and2/3 will be females. Hence 1/3*3564=1188males and 2376 females respectively.

 Therefore the total number of farmers reached=1188 +3564=4752 (1188+475) M& (713+2376) F. =1663 M & 3089 F.

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Displayed amaranth products.

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Farmers participating in the preparation of pure amaranth porridge.

 

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Sensitization going on using the amaranth chart.

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A farmer sensitizing pupils on the nutritional value of grain amaranth at the amaranth demo plot.

 

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Farmers in T-Shirts bearing nutritional information on amaranth and KALRO logo.

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Catholic Diocese of Kitui Medical Coordinator [Sr. Wanda] holding the trophy that was awarded to the Diocese under The Best Faith Based organization category.

 

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The project officer demonstrating to the students on harvesting techniques of grain amaranth.

 

CHALLENGES

·         Means of transporthas been the challenge to the Mwingi/Muthale Project Officer.

·         Lack of camera and computer in Mwingi/Muthale Centers.

RECOMMENDATIONS

·         Purchase of new motorbike soonest time possible to ease mobility.

·         Purchase of new camera and computer to ease reporting.

 

The report is prepared by:

Christopher Malusi,

Project officer [Amaranth],

 Date……………………..Signature……………………………….

                And

Fredrick Mutumba,

Project officer [Amaranth],

Date……………………………Signature…………………………………