Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has lauded St Mary’s Mundika Boys High School for introducing indigenous vegetables in the students’ diet and urged other learning institutions to follow suit.
In a speech read on his behalf by Chief Officer in his office Ezekiel Okwach during Mundika Academic and Agri-Cultural Fair on Friday, the Governor also thanked KALRO, Biodiversity International and USAID for supporting this unique initiative in the school.
The farmer, business school model has been implemented at the school where Namalenga Farmers Group has been allocated land at the school to plant indigenous vegetables and sold to the school at very subsidized rate of Sh35 per kilogram instead of Sh80.
‘’For schools interested in getting their supplies of high nutritious traditional vegetables for their students, I encourage you to talk to the leadership of Mundika and Namalenga farmers group.
Certain crops traditionally grown and used by our forefathers have disappeared. This calls for urgent action to relook at our practices that have resulted in the loss of these different types of plants for medicine cultural practices and food,’’ the Governor said.
Ms. Violet Karigua of USAID Feed the Future said they supplied the school with a greenhouse and an orchard of underutilized fruits such as guavas, gooseberry and jack fruits.
County Director Agriculture Samson Khachina said the County Government has supplied seeds of local vegetables to farmers, adding that they will also introduce subsides seeds and fertilizers to address food problems.
KALRO Director Dr. Lusike Wasilwa said they have supplied 44,000 seedlings of underutilized fruits to farmers across the county, adding that over 500,000 more will be distributed.
TSC County Director Ibrahim Rugut said the future is innovation, creativity and to make money by solving problems of mankind.
Dr. Victor Wasike of KALRO said traditional vegetables have high zinc, iron, iodine and vitamin A contents, adding that feed the future programme will be rolled out in Vihiga, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia in 2019.