Farming saved me from ‘Jaboya’ sex for fish
SEE ALSO :We must save Kenyan maize farmersThe farmer also sold an indigenous goat that he had at Sh2,000 and bought four chickens. Oyare’s home stands on five acres while he has another half-acre parcel and the lakeside on leasehold. While he initially would make just about Sh200 every day, he now earns an average of Sh800, yet he does not have to buy food since all he needs comes from his farm. He says, “I lost five of my children due to malnutrition because the Sh200 I would make daily would not suffice, forcing me to borrow to make ends meet.” Eight chicks are all that the farmer needed to kick start a new life; World Vision added him 25 more. Poultry business being a cycle, he has seen the numbers grow as he nurtures the animals for the market. The farm now has 85 cross breed chicken which he will sell soon. From 2013 he has reared more than 250 chicken.
SEE ALSO :Great rift over maize, avocados“Some of these lay eggs and we have never gone without eggs here, which means even without any other food to eat, we will still have eggs,” says Oyare. From the three ponds that he constructed beside the lake Oyare says he gets more than what he used to get from fishing in the lake. Add to these, he also started rearing pigeons as a motivation for his son – a secondary school student – who has sickle cell anaemia. The farm now has 18 pigeons which are also sold as delicacies. Apart from these Oyare also has two dairy goats from which the family gets milk for consumption at home. Oyare’s wives – Pamela and Gaudensia – say that a lot has changed ever since he left the lake.