Somewhere tucked in Kitui County is a farm who residents of Ituki village have christened Kanaani (a Kamba corruption of the Biblical Canaan). However the owner’s name is not Joshua or even Moses, the men who according to the Bible were tasked with the duty to deliver the Israelites from bondage of slavery in Egypt and lead them to the promised land of milk and honey, Canaan.
The passion that Mr. Cleophas Masila, who doubles up as a farmer and businessman has for farming, is what earned his farm the name Kanaani. This is because his four acre piece of land in the Semi-Arid Kitui County is ever green with various food crops. Due to its attractiveness the farm has turned into a hub for farmers in the area to learn new farming methods and suitability of various crops.
He grows crops ranging from cabbages, watermelons, maize, beans, kales, spinach, onions, tomatoes and rears livestock. He says that his is a calling to deliver people in the region from the bondage of thinking that farming is not viable due to harsh climatic conditions.
Having sunk several boreholes in his farm, Mr. Masila says that he is able to produce quality food crops throughout the year, which he not only use to feed his family but also makes substantial profit.
Due to his persistence in trying new crops in a place people think is God-forsaken especially during dry spells, Mr. Masila has managed to change the mindsets of many residents in the area who according to him have started showing new interest in growing new crops and harvesting water for irrigation rather than waiting for rains which might take forever to arrive.
He is now challenging Kenyans especially the youth to engage in farming, a move that will be a milestone towards eradicating poverty, reducing crime rate, food insecurity and increasing household income.
“If more and more Kenyans were encouraged to embrace farming, this country should be in a position to create more wealth while at the same time eliminating poverty and crime,” he adds.