In Baringo one farmer has come up with two rather interesting innovations.
Murray Roberts is in the business of planting restoring grasslands which involves planting grass seeds in severely degraded landscapes.
The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds and the remains of previous crops, allowing them to break down. It also aerates the soil, and allows it to hold moisture better.
A traditional plough comprises a series of blades all facing the same direction.
Murray Roberts has modified his plough so that it has two blades facing each other. These create a hill and furrow effect which is perfect for grass seeding to improve the trapping rainwater in this semi arid part of Kenya. Normally the rainwater hits the surface and sheets off the ground carrying away the valuable top soil and seeds!
But that’s not all. Ever tried to make a fence using barbed wire – you know how tangled it can get? Well not if you use one of Murray Roberts fencing gizmo, it’s basically a tool onto which you thread the barbed wire so that when you go out into the field to fence a plot, you can release the wire in an untangled manner and under tension. Simple and obvious and you don’t need a wire tightening tool.
That’s William Kimosop and Princeton University Undergraduates checking it out – don’t ask me what that dog is up to!