“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second-best time is now”
If you drive around the urban and peri-urban areas of the country, you will notice something interesting…there are more buildings; there are more people. But there are also fewer trees. Closer home, our Macadamia crop has borne the brunt of what has been an eventful year in terms of the weather patterns experienced across the country. However, rather than sit back and observe the harrowing effects of climate change, one person decided to take deliberate steps towards preserving the lifeline of our Company.
In September 2017, a movement dubbed ‘Adopt a Young Macadamia Tree’ was birthed in Kihenia Farm with the aim of nurturing young Macadamia trees in a time when we can no longer rely on the predictability of our rainy seasons. Agatha Mumbua, the Deputy Farm Manager of Kiaora Farm and pioneer of the initiative, described its origins thus: “Over the years, we have been doing infilling and due to the nature of the young trees, their adaptation characteristics and the weather conditions, most of them dry up. This year the weather has been extremely unforgiving and most of the young Macadamia Trees risked drying up if we didn’t go an extra mile.”
She adds, “I discussed it with our employees who voluntarily agreed to adopt a young tree and also provide a bottle to improvise drip irrigation. So far 95 young Macadamia trees have been adopted and they are responding well.”
The movement has since taken root, with a second adoption exercise of 31 seedlings conducted at Kiboko Farm on the 3rd of November 2017 and a third at Kiaora Farm, where 112 seedlings were adopted.
Agatha implores us to take up this mantle: “Adopting these trees is a deliberate action aimed at taking care of that which feeds us…if each one of us could take one young Macadamia tree and water it, what would happen?”
Years from now, when we look back at the actions we took today, we can say that ‘yes, we did a good job.’ So take action today and help sustain this valuable lifeline. Seedlings are available for purchase at the Hatwara Nursery.