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Solar powered pumps let trees grow in Western Kenya

Since 2013, Kenyan Hakima Mohammed has sold at least 1.5 million seedling trees, mainly to local small-scale farmers, who are planting them as a way to boost their incomes from wood and fruit sales. This is particularly prudent in the face of recurring droughts that seriously damage crops.

She has become a Western Kenyan ‘tree tycoon’, by using a solar-powered water pump for irrigation. Kenya is making an effort to see at least 10 percent of the country’s land covered in trees by 2030, as part of plans to rein in drought and meet climate change goals.

When Mohammed went to work planting an initial 20,000 seedling trees, she had to acquire water from a nearby stream to irrigate the young plants. That hard work became easier in 2016, when she acquired a solar-powered water pump from Futurepump, a company in Kenya that makes pumps available on credit.

According to a reuters.com article, apart from fruit trees – including grafted avocados, mangoes, oranges, pawpaws and loquats – she sees the highest demand for three kinds of eucalyptus trees, as well as grevillea, casuarina and cypress.


Publication date: 1/18/2018


 


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