Thursday, June 23, 2011

A farmer's search for water

Mr.Nyamai Kasikali always had a dream. His dream was to harvest rain water and make a living out of it.Over years,the 76 year old farmer has strived to make this dream come true.

The small scale farmer from Kavyuvaa Location in Mutomo District escavated an earth dam in his farm for collecting run off water in a bid to have sufficient rain water for irrigation. But because of insufficient rainfall in the area water from the earth dam was not enough for his irrigation dream.














Above,Mr.Kasikali surveys his water harvesting structures.Below,the 46 feet deep well

“I then decided to dig a well inside the earth dam so as to capture more water,” he says.Mr Kasikali adds that the well is 46 feet deep and the water can last for a whole year. But because of poor rainfall patterns, the well oftenly dries up. This prompted him to construct a reservoir tank where he pumps water from the well for water storage..“I then decided to dig a well inside the earth dam so as to capture more water,” he says.Mr Kasikali adds that the well is 46 feet deep and the water can last for a whole year. But because of poor rainfall patterns, the well oftenly dries up. This prompted him to construct a reservoir tank where he pumps water from the well for water storage.....Read more

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