Water is not the issue in Kilome

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Water is not the issue in kilome or kamba land. Leadership is the issue, leadership with vision! The area has fertile well drained soils good for most crops, residents have been complaining about lack of sufficient rainfall for crops. What has been lacking though is a little vision on trapping their own water like above.
There’s a very high runoff of water whenever it rains and residents can do something about it.
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I’ve watched residents dig holes in their shamba’s like this one in the above pictures, and in a one hour rain session trap over 100,000 litres. Others have gotten into village groups and dug small dams in runoff valleys like this one

For those planting commercial crops like tomatoes, grafted mangoes, water melons, kales,etc a hole 3m x 3m x 3m =27,000 litres trapped. This is enough to irrigate 240 litres daily for 3months. It normally takes this rural folks less than 1week to dig this water pit. Add in dam linning for 20,000 bob(acquired through sale of 1st commercial crop) you then have water to bridge the dry season crop for even greater profits. All this is happenning in Kilome!

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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  1. This is very true! If only residents had a sufficient method of utilizing all the rain water, especially as of late. Any news on Mukaa’s bore hole?

    • The article gives examples of methods kilome residents are already utilising!

  1. February 14th, 2013

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