Last week 25 farmers from the Taita District of Kenya attended a training course of one week's duration at the Mtwapa Farmer's Training Centre, near Mombasa in the Coast Province.
Last week 25 farmers from the Taita District of Kenya attended a training course of one week's duration at the Mtwapa Farmer's Training Centre, near Mombasa in the Coast Province. The Centre includes among its students farmers, agriculture and range management students, and range farmers.
The Coast Farmers' Training Centre was set up on July 15, 1965 with funds donated by the United States Agency for International Development. Although the U.S.A.I.D. officially runs the Centre, all training and senior staff are Kenyan Africans who have been trained locally - most of them at a centre in Nairobi operated as part of the United Nations Development Programme.
The Farmers' Training Centre occupies 100 acres and is located west of Mombasa. In 1969, forty-one courses were attended y over 1,000 farmers from the Coast Province. One million people populate the province, and thousands of these are farmers, but since there is only one school courses last only one week.
Since the beginning of its operations the Centre has trained over 5,500 farmers in subjects including ranching, breeding, protecting animals, and poultry farming. It also gives instructions in management of grasses and growing of various kinds of cash crops, vegetables, and trees.
Mobile cinema and demonstration vans are available for ranchers unable to attend the courses at the Centre, and are accompanied by talks on range management, livestock improvement, water development and disease control.
Another Farmers' Training Centre is being built at Wundanyi, in the Taita District.