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Voi advised to venture into alternative farming that is not affected by climate change

28, Jan 2014

It is now emerging that the perennial human- wildlife conflict in Taita Taveta County, has made it difficult for any productive crop farming to take place. However, residents are advised to venture into alternative crops that are not affected by climate change and at the same time do not attract wildlife. Water-melon farming has proved productive and rewarding as the crop does not attract the surrounding wild ecosystem, hence making it easy for the farmer to realize maximum profit as opposed to maize farming. This has been evident in one farmer from Ngolia location in Voi, whose pioneer venture into the crop has seen him appreciate farming for the last six years without encountering disturbance from animals from Tsavo national park. Having started with only two acres of land, the farmer now boasts of a bumper harvest of four hundred tonnes per day of water melon from his current two hundred acres. He also ventures in tomatoes and passion fruit farming.

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