Posted: December 2012
Left: Teacher Philip Ochieng at his IR maize farm
I am a geography and agriculture teacher at Sinyolo Secondary School and also a small-scale farmer in Kisumu North district, Nyahera division, Sidika village. I have about one and a quarter acres of land on which I grow maize, beans, groundnuts and bananas.
I got to know about the StrigAway Imazapyr Resistant (IR) maize that controls the Striga weed in 2005. I read about it in the newspaper and also heard it being discussed in the area by an organization known as Nyanza Center for Destitute headed by Willliam Bodo. I got interested because Striga weed infestation is a problem in this area.