Meliko Obonyo


MelikoMr Melkio Obonyo is a widower born in 1924 and he is currently 91 Years old. He has been growing coffee since 1974. Currently he has a total of 1,650 coffee plants. He has been harvesting and selling through a SACCO called Misadhi Cooperative in Rongo but apparently he had been getting very little return from this even not enough to sustain his family. On average, he used to get about 10,000/- per harvest, this translated into about 20,000/- yearly. Harvesting is normally done twice annually. He married two wives who are now dead. He had seven sons of whom four passed on together with their wives and left him with five orphans. He was not able to pay school fees for the orphans as he used to struggle and sacrificing a lot to the extent of surviving with one meal in a day, just to raise money for school fees.

 

Mr. Melkio Obonyo has received a number of trainings and coffee extension work through SVR and PRI Kenya partnership. Through this, he has been trained on Coffee Good Agronomic Practices (GAP). This has really helped him in taking good care of his 1,650 coffee plantations. He is currently practicing technics such as mulching during dry weathers, pruning of excess coffee brunches to enhance production which he never did before, composting for his coffee. This has greatly increased his production to more than triple. This year, he managed to harvest a total of 30 sacs full of cherries. He got a total return of about 120,000/- (60.000/- per harvest) of which he used to pay for his orphaned grandson university fees at Kisii University. Besides, he has other 4 orphans he is taking care of in high school. He also got Agribusiness training and this has really enhanced his skills as he now minimises his expenditures for higher profits. Mr. Obonyo says, ‘’ I am setting a side another one acre after I shall harvested the maize specifically for coffee and I am happy for the training I am getting from PRI.’’

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