Farmers in Trans Mara Urged to Diversify Their Crops for Nutrition and Economic Growth

Osinoni, Kilgoris - Farmers in Trans Mara have been urged to diversify to other crops - from the dominant sugarcane - to upscale their standards of living and fulfil the government's agenda of nutrition and food security.


Speaking during a farmers field day in Kilgoris where maize, beans, Irish potato, sweet potato, finger millet and traditional vegetables were on display, KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki also advised the farmers that the region has adequate rainfall and fertile soil hence farmers could grow many crops for improved incomes.

"The country cannot develop without a sustainable food security arrangement," he stated.

He added that KEPHIS was ready to work with the Narok County government to build capacity to farmers on good agricultural practices that would enhance their livelihoods. He urged the over 200 farmers present to inculcate what they had learned at the field day to improve their farming standards.

Host Farmer Hon. Dalton Konchellah praised the initiatives of KEPHIS of reaching out to farmers at the grassroots. "The 6 crops seen today were planted on less than one acre of land which means that the area was well utilized," he added.

Narok CEC for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon. John Marindany said that land in the county and the country at large was becoming smaller and smaller as the population increases. He, therefore, urged the farmers to make good use of land by making use of the available technologies in agriculture.

He reiterated the county's commitment to work with KEPHIS to teach farmers on suitable crops for Kilgoris and good agricultural practices.

The crops planted are early maturing; the DK 777 maize variety is tolerant to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease; the orange-fleshed sweet potato is rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene and harvested after 3 months.


Left: KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki (5th left), CEC Agriculture Narok County Hon. John Marindany(6th left), KEPHIS staff, stakeholders and (right) host farmer Mr. Dalton Konchellah(right) during the Kilgoris field day where maize, beans, Irish potato, orange fleshed sweet potato, finger millet and traditional vegetables were on display

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