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Ochonga & Omena

Sorting Omena in Siaya ©muoki kioko 2016

We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.

A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.

Ochonga ©muoki kioko 2016

Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…

Fruit processing plant

Those engaged in Large scale production of fruit in siaya can now value add their farm products with the opening up of a local fruit processing plant

From commercial varieties of mangoes to local flavors of indigenous varieties

Aloe vera in Siaya

There are over 10 different species of aloe in Kenya-each with it’s own unique characteristics. Some are  Poisonous, others good for skin moisturizing others good as treatment for internal ailments.

The Aloe products are widely adopted as main ingredients in cosmetic and hair care products. Large numbers of Aloe containing beauty products, creams, lotions, soaps,shampoos, oils, facial cleaners, moisturizers, etc. are available worldwide.

International Aloe Science Council (IASC), a non-profit organization certifies Aloe vera products by measuring total solids, calcium, magnesium, malic acid and polysaccharide.

Those interested in purchasing ALOE for manufacture of aloe medication can get in touch with aloe farmers here in Siaya on +254725332794

Horticulture & Agriculture in Siaya

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Bondo City

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Bondo rising ©muoki Kioko 2016

Quietly, but steadily rising is Bondo ‘city’. A well thought out and done/paved road network makes access in and out of this centre simply a pleasure to access.
Businesses have taken cue and are steadily putting in modern infrastructure like office space and hotels with nearby institutions churning out technically skilled workforce.
Just an hour from Kisumu International Airport it creates space for those looking for a serene environment to work & live in with a slowed down pace but with plenty of opportunity a Big possibility.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Palm oil forests of Siaya

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No, I’m not talking about West Africa or those on an island in lake Victoria. Palm oil forests exist sorry ‘thrive’ well in Siaya. Birds of prey and girls love their white seeds that taste like coconut – simply, addictive!!!
Small like a nut but very tasty, you’ll just want to keep popping one in the mouth..

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palm fruit n flower siaya ©muokikioko 2016

The fruit is dark maroon and is used for cooking oil and soaps

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breaking the palm oil fruit ©muokikioko 2016

When pressed by hand they leave that distinctive

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yellow-red oil on your fingers.
Next time you are in Siaya insist on natural palm oil for your cooking or ‘palm oil coconut’ for snacks 😉

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Is Siaya set to revolutionize Mechanization of Agriculture in East Africa?

From industrial fruit pulpers from about $3500 (Ksh 350,000) sacco’s & churches can start value adding their local fruit.
Youth are also buying these maize shellers cum sorghum threshersimage

with a capacity of 4 bags/hr for sorghum and 8 Bags/hr for Maize

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which they lease out to farmers during harvesting season available from Siaya industrial sector that’s seeking dealers/stockists countrywide and within Eastern Africa.
Farm cereal silo’s for 9 (90kg) bags or 15 (90kg) bags capacity are also available for retail & wholesale.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Siaya Agricultural Show

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Siaya Agricultural show was the most unusual but beneficial show I’ve ever attended.
With very little pomp attached to it, I remember asking a local if they would be attending the show on the week heading to the show: to which they retorted – which show?
However on attending with the local: non of us were disappointed.  Exhibits were few but relevant: very useful to anyone interested in going into agriculture. It was a show you could choose to go a morning or afternoon session covering ALL exhibits without feeling overloaded  but leave feeling briefed on all facets of Agricultural cycle s from soil treatments, food processing, to organized/structured community based commercial poultry farming to fish farming dynamics both on built  dams and in existing water bodies.
It was not void of entertainment as the fish being filmed above by ladies decided to show it’s prowess by leaping out of the aquarium to our amusement as adults scattered for their “safety”. 🙂

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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