Levels of Awareness for Domestication of Cape Gooseberry Among Farming Families in Baringo County, Kenya

  • J. C. Kandagor Egerton University
  • F. U. Ngesa Egerton University
  • M. O. Udoto Egerton University
  • D. O. Pande Laikipia University

Abstract

Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.) is a fruit crop with nutritional, medicinal and industrial values. The crop grows naturally in the wild and around homesteads in Baringo County. Farmers in the County, however, have not grown the crop. Because of the benefits associated with the crop, there is need for further attempts to introduce the crop in the County. The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the level of awareness of domestication of Cape gooseberry among farmers in Baringo County. The results are based on a baseline survey data collected from farmers randomly selected from three Wards namely; Saimo/Kipsaraman in Baringo North sub-County, Marigat in Baringo South sub-County and Koibatek in Eldama Ravine sub-County. The survey sample comprised 107 households, distributed equally among the three Wards. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics involving Chi-square tests. The results from the survey showed that 87% of the farming families were aware of Cape gooseberry. With regards to presence of Cape gooseberry around homesteads, 77% of the farming families reported its existence. The results, also, indicated that 95% of the farming families were not aware of Cape gooseberry farming. Out of those not aware of Cape gooseberry farming, 90% were willing to grow the crop. Additionally, there was no significant relationship between gender and Cape gooseberry awareness. Based on the findings, the study concludes that majority of the farming families were aware of Cape gooseberry crop and expressed their willingness to grow it. Therefore, the study recommends the domestication of the crop in Baringo County, and that the County and National Governments should put in place appropriate policies and frameworks for its promotion, production and marketing.

Published
2022-12-15
How to Cite
Kandagor, J. C., Ngesa, F. U., Udoto, M. O., & Pande, D. O. (2022). Levels of Awareness for Domestication of Cape Gooseberry Among Farming Families in Baringo County, Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 86(3 & 4), 8. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/583