It is a new beginning of spreading the message of vegetarianism and importance of vegetable farming in the local region on a different platform. When I was invited by Prof. Jack Kamiruka of Lake Basin college, I was puzzled about how the farmers can be connected with the concept of vegetarianism. But when I started understanding the need of the topic, I realized that it has a direct impact on farming and selling the vegetables and grains. Many times, most of the locals end up eating meat is due to non- availability of the vegetables and grains in their respective village.
That is what encouraged me to take this up to speak to the farmers in this forum of Lake Basin Region of Theology wherein the main theme was the Role of the Church as an agent of Change.
After my presentation, I encountered quite a few questions about the protein intake, how to market the crops, how to reach out to end users etc. But the main thing I learned is that the farmers are able to produce but not able to sell directly to the end users. I strongly suggest that our Asian community should be open to buy directly from these farmers and ensured that they continuously supply the same quality of grains.
I also suggest that we encourage our local farmers to grow the vegetables and grains here within Kisumu region and stop importing from other counties. I feel that we should help these farmers to be independent and we become self sufficient. This will surely create employment as well reduce the cost of living for each of us.
I also recommended to develop a whole sale market wherein these farmers can come together and sell their goods and retailers can directly buy from the wholesalers.
I am really thankful to Prof. Jack for inviting me to speak to the farmers’ and other people of Kisumu.
It is the first tree planting drive by Kenya vegetarian club in association with Hindu Council of Kenya Kisumu branch on 17th January 2016. I am so glad to see the participants of various schools in Kisumu. It showed the zeal of the students how much they are eager to learn something new and also respond to the dire condition of mother nature.
The students of various schools like MM Shah School, Muslim Secondary school, Highway Secondary school, St. Theresa School, Kisumu Girls School, Jalaram Academy School, Kisumu Junior Academy and Kisumu Senior Academy whole heartedly participated in the drive. The club wanted to encourage the students to adopt each tree and nurture it in coming years. More than 150 kids came out on a Sunday morning to support the drive with full enthusiasm in all different schools.
Gugu Panesar, the chairperson of Hindu Council of Kenya Kisumu branch shared his views on tree plantation and supported the cause of Vegetarian club. Our team members transferred the trees from Kakamega Forest donated by our friend to all the schools, donated manure and also organised a good team to help the kids to plan the trees.
I also would like to thank Vipulbhai to help me to manage the team and also thankful to all team members who visited the schools while the planting was taking place.
Here is a new chapter added to the Kenya Vegetable Club. It is a logical next step towards promoting vegetarianism in the region and help locals turn vegetarian for good health, better lifestyle and save nature.
Somehow I get connected with right people at the right time for the right cause. Ms. Atiano Otiano of Mandeleo Ya Wanawake, a local group helping women to become self sufficient in Kisumu county has been instrumental in finding such ladies and reaching out to them. She checked with local farmers who genuinely needed seeds to start their farm. We reached the site through a local rough road into the interior part of the village where the farm was ready.
I could manage to explain the importance of vegetable diet and the importance of vegetable farming to the local farmers who were eager to know more about health, how to save crops, which vegetables to grow, how is the demand of vegetables in Asian community.
During my research I found that many vegetables come from western and other counties to Kisumu and Kisumu alone can’t produce that much Bhoga in the region. It is mostly because of the lack of knowledge and attempt made by people. I am sure through this drive, we will be able to make many farmers start producing the vegetables in the region and will reduce our cost of importing.
Our club donated the seeds of spinach and Sukuma wiki and manure to help these women start farming. I strongly feel that investing in the seeds is better than donating ready food to needy. This seeds would take them a long way and make people independent and self sufficient.
I am really thankful to Alka who came with me as it was a good support to this cause.
Hopefully this drive will get bigger and bigger as time passes and will reach millions of farmers directly and encourage them to grow everything in the region itself.
Tree plantation! a direct gift to mother nature! I am glad to start walking on this path of my life. I always felt that we have cut so many trees to learn absolutely mediocre education through those books made out of these trees. Do we really make any sense to manufacture books by cutting trees? do we actually gain any knowledge from those books in our daily lives? I don’t think so. Except the scriptures, important documents of our lives and research materials for the next generation are the few areas which would require papers. Let’s start cutting down the usage and save the planet.
Please join us for tree planting drive on 17th January at DHT school in Kisumu at 8.30 am. It is organised by Hindu Council of Kenya Kisumu and Kenya Vegetarian Club . We will plant more than 300 trees at various schools around DHT and in the town center. We have encouraged the school kids to adopt those trees and care for them in coming years. You may give your names to Vipulbhai Buch to be part of the team. Let’s give a better future to our kids and involve them in this drive.
please make best use of your Sunday for a better future.