We continue our series from Tree Growers working with our partners in Africa, by introducing you to Consolata in Kenya. She is really making a difference to her life and that of her family.
Consolata is a farmer in the Mount Kenya Forest region who owns livestock. Having raised seedlings in the nurseries and planting them on her farm, she created a hedgerow of Leucaena Leucocephala fodder trees, which she received from one of our partner organisations. She’s now able to feed her dairy cows, goats and rabbits.
Consolata says “I used to spend a lot of money purchasing fodder leaves and dairy meals to feed my livestock, but since I planted the fodder trees on my farm, I’ve been able to save money because I’m supplementing the dairy meals with fodder leaves”
She is also planting trees for fuel wood, timber and soil improvement. She really wanted to stop using the chemical fertilisers which makes the soil acidic and unable to produce food.
The fodder leaves are highly nutritious and increase both milk and meat production. “In a day, I used to milk 15 litres of milk but now I am getting 22 litres of milk by feeding my cows with fodder leaves. My life has already changed, since I can pay the school fees for my children through selling of milk to the dairy company and local food kiosks”.
Save Mount Kenya Forest Group (SMKFG) has been working together with the local people in the community members for 9 years, facilitating tree planting on community farms, water catchments areas, forest lands, schools, public lands and dispensaries.