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Caterpillar Easter

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This Easter was ‘caterpillar Easter’
Caterpillars, caterpillars and more caterpilars…Mother’s carrying babies first inspected you to ensure you had no caterpillars on your clothing before allowing you to handle their babies

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What species of butterfly/moth were these and why Soooo many!!?

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Cactus Fruit & Food’s kilome (part 1)

Classified as ‘invasive’ this plant that thrives in drylands is of economic importance for those in the know.

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Cactus veggie pies like these that provide superb morning tea snacks whether travelling or at home at a fraction of cost of similar snacks.

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Similar to ‘Okra’ in characteristics its also used for soups in Southern America’s and the southern states of US.

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and provides a superb breakfast meal when mixed with eggs. (will provide recipe in part 2)

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And just in case you were doubting existence of such meals locally in kilome – here’s a mini cactus pizza I was mmmh.. as I prepared this article.
So what do others say about this

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Plant?

Nzambalau wine 

From this common local fruit called ‘Nzambalau ‘ (below) that drops it’s fruit when it rains

Meanwhile at sunrise..

kilome Avocadoes

Can be served with slices of bread as a snack

or Served – ‘Hot n Sweat’

to thrill your tongue..

​the only thing local parents/traders warrat you, is..

Drought?

 Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

 

Kenya is in a drought situation few have experienced before, with many looking at receiving food Aid. However one young farmer in drought prone Makueni County is having a different conversation – he is busy working out how to expand his farming

NO RIVER, NO WELL!!

The region (kilome) had just come from 6 straight months without a drop of rain, rains came but in a months time No More Rains. People pass by their shambas NOT wanting to look at the dry crops however this young gentleman is busy on his farm

Tomato Farming Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Drought crop Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

…he say’s

“my grandfather told me of a question his friend asked him:

‘How can water fall over your head, shoulders and onto your feet..then you start chasing after it kilometers away to pick it up after it has washed the ground to use it’?”

Current Harvest Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

He also asks Youth: Do any of you ever do the maths of the work you do?

To those who say it’s expensive; he  started off with the sell of a calf to set up his system of farming (No Bank Loan, No Aid Agencies..).

HIS ADVICE; It’s NOT a competition of who can do it, I’m CONSTANTLY Open to Learning to improve myself – i Do NOT know it ALL!!

*To those willing to learn how he manages to irrigate in such a Hot Dry Area without Rivers – i’m willing to train ANY Youth or Community willing to learn what i’ve learnt farming in Makueni with meagre resources..

 

 

 

 

Ostrich farming (Part 2)

Ostrich value chain © ostrich business planning

Above is the ostrich value chain and below Ostrich leather product being sold locally

Ostrich leather purse © muoki kioko 2016

Ostrich Processing

Ensure there is a supply of slaughter birds to keep the abattoir commercially viable.   

Processing includes all of the following activities:  – – – – – – –

  • slaughtering birds  
  • deboning the carcass 
  • value adding the meat (portioning, ready meals, hams, bacon etc)  
  • skin tanning  
  • manufacturing leather goods 
  • cleaning and dying feathers  
  • manufacturing feather products

 The ostrich has a unique fat pan that carries other manufacturing opportunities once consistent quantities of a fat are produced

As ostrich is a new industry it is understood that there is a lack of product knowledge from producer level right through the chain and as a result the market is confused with differing information.   

Examples: – – – 

  • Dark and light coloured muscles being accepted as normal and/or age or genetic related, when the cause is nutritional.   
  • Genetic influences on hides have been taken as caused by age at slaughter 
  • Less tender meat cuts being sold as Filet quality  
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