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University Graduate Resorts To Organic Farming, Says It Pays and also environmental friendly  #Green world youth cc

University Graduate Resorts To Organic Farming, Says It Pays And also environmental friendly. There is a serious need for organic foods in Nairobi, especially the upmarket side of the capital. Business blossomed especially between 2020 and late 2021 – when the country was battling the coronavirus pandemic. Many Kenyans would want to eat organic food, they love it, yet very few people practice organic farming. As the debate about whether to allow the importation of genetically modified foods continues, one Kenyan graduate is doing fairly fine practicing organic farming – and feeding many in Nairobi. Maureen Wanjiru is a graduate of English and Literature, but practices organic farming on the side, in Kiambu county. “I have a small piece of land in Githunguri, Kiambu where I farm lettuce, Swiss chard, raspberry, wine berries, spinach, Ethiopian kale, spring onions, strawberries, tomatoes among other crops,” says Maureen Wanjiru. “There is a serious need for organic foods in Nairobi, especially the upmarket side of the capital,” she says. “A majority of my customers are people looking to stay healthy, or are battling ailments that tend to limit their food choice,” she says. According to Maureen, business blossomed especially between 2020 and late 2021 – when the country was battling the coronavirus pandemic. “Movements was limited, and most of my customers, especially those with underlying health complications, took utmost precaution since they were most vulnerable,” she says. “I am grateful I was able to play a role in ensuring many people received food, the right food, and when they needed it,” said Maureen who does a lot of home deliveries. She believes that many Kenyans would want to eat organic food, they love it, yet very few people practice organic farming. “The rising cases of cancer, diabetes and other related diseases in the country and in the world has seen many people really focus on what they eat,” says Maureen who has been practicing organic farming since 2018. To run an organic farm, one needs to be certified by the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) – she says. “KOAN walks around the farms to conduct tests to ensure they meet regulations; which is zero chemical use, it’s all natural,” she says. Organic farmers do not use inorganic fertilizer or any chemicals. But how do farmers deal with pests and diseases, when one is not allowed to use inorganic material on the crops. “There are a number of acceptable methods, which are harmless, and which are organic in nature. Farmers can us plants herbs like rosemary, marjoram, mint, thyme, lemongrass, sage and basil weeds to fight pests, weeds and diseases,” says Maureen. Is there a future in organic farming? She says yes. “There is need because many people want to eat healthy; and not to forget the fact that many people today use organic food as alternative medicine,” she says, noting that one can establish a farm with as little as Sh500, provided you have a small piece of land. Is farming organic profitable, one would ask? “Many are the times you will make money, but at times you can experience small losses depending on small factors, it's more of a passion, just like teaching, it's more of intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic,” she says.  

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  • Elizabeth Gathigia

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    It's inspiring seeing young people interested in organic farming,

    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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      Seeing young generation interested in farming is a great deal! especially organic farming

      • Tabitha Kimani

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        Organic farming is sustainable and the foods are safe. Humanity is crying for safe foods.

        • Saustine Lusanzu

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          Organic farming is very friendly to climate change and environment, we must engage in organic farming since it regenerate the soil and make it productive

          • Daniel Waweru

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            We should all unite and go the organic way. Organic farming has zero negative effects on the climate. A healthy Climate equals to a healthy society, a healthy country and a healthy world.

            • George Kariuki

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              Exciting to see young graduates dedicate their time and effort to such sustainable programs as organic farming. That's the way to go.

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