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Agronomist finds success from rearing earthworms for manure

Peter Chege shows earthworms from his garden. PHOTO | WAIKWA MAINA | NMG
Peter Chege shows earthworms from his garden. PHOTO | WAIKWA MAINA | NMG 

Earthworms are enriching a business that feeds, educates and clothes Mr Peter Chege’s family in Nyeri Township.

Three years ago Mr Chege, an agronomist from Egerton University, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and bought a kilo of earthworms at Sh2,000.

Today, the brownish wigglers produce the compost that he uses in his own gardens; are part of the nutritious feed that he gives his poultry besides selling them to other farmers.

This earthworm-driven farm, on less than an acre of leased land, earns Mr Chege a tidy Sh151,000 per month, enough to pay rent and educate his two children in a private school.