Ten Primary schools in Nairobi have received 10,000 seedlings from the Ministry of Agriculture to support the recently relaunched 4-K Clubs.
“As part of our ongoing support to schools to build robust and vibrant 4- K Clubs, we have consulted with the Ministry of Education and identified the 10 schools that will benefit from these seedlings. The schools have been selected on the basis of existing 4-K and Young Farmers Clubs in the schools as well as the availability of enabling infrastructure to ensure that the seedlings are nurtured to maturity to provide a safe and clean source of vegetables for the school and even the market. As outlined by His Excellency the President during the launch of the 4-K Programme, all schools will be expected to support the Clubs by utilizing the produce from the 4-K and Young Farmers Clubs projects as part of the supplies for the School Feeding Programme,” said Agriculture CS Peter Munya during the flagging off at Kilimo House.
The kales and spinach seedlings were donated by the Embassy of Israel and Ambassador Obed Joseph graced the event. KALRO also donated 20 vegetable driers to 20 schools.
Munya added that the Ministry will also leverage on the 4-K Clubs platform to disseminate and promote efficient technologies that stimulate agricultural production, such as technologies in water harvesting, irrigation, land preparation, planting, post-harvest management and agro-processing of farm products. They are in consultations with the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation to leverage on boreholes and water tanks that the ministry has been providing to schools so that they can support agricultural projects within the 4-K and Young Farmers Clubs. Schools are also encouraged to harvest rainwater to support agricultural projects for sustainable food production.
The schools that received the seedlings are Shadrack Kimalel, Joseph Kang’ethe, Jamhuri Primary, Moi Girls Nairobi, Ruthimitu Primary, Ruthimitu Mixed, Visa Oshwal, St Georges Primary, Embakasi Garrison and Kayole 1 Primary