Today English spinach (by way of Kenya) and Kenyan sukuma wiki (kale; collard greens) were delivered by the project for the first time to the Hotel.
Neither of these greens is extensively grown in Burundi, but they are excellent to introduce to the Hotel menu and also to our farmers. The first plantings of these two vegetables were not successful in the pilot plots, and so we tried again, with heavier watering and manure, the results are excellent.
‘Sukuma wiki’, in KiSwahili, literally means ‘pushing the week’ – because it is one of the most popular and cheapest dishes in Kenya, being served almost daily with maize porridge, as a way of ‘stretching’ the weekly food budget.
We are using goat manure, well as biological insecticide, both of which are working quite well.
The grower who is responsible for overseeing the project’s pilot crops, with technical assistance from the project, is also responsible for weighing/counting the amount of produce being sold by the different smallholders and for bringing the harvested crops to the Hotel (below).
These will be excellent crops to be grown by the project’s farmers, who will be able to easily sell excess in the markets in Bujumbura.