Raila Odinga Urges Farmers to Grow Food Using Best Agricultural Practices

Opoda Farm, Bondo - More than 500 farmers attended a farmers field day that was hosted by the AU Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa and Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at his Opoda Farm. Speaking during the event at his Opoda Farm in Bondo, Siaya County, Hon. Odinga urged farmers to utilize the available resources they have for their growth and development.

"We have a God given resource that is Lake Victoria that is right here in our backyard and we can use it to grow our crops," he said.
Busia Women Representative Hon. Florence Mutua called for concerted efforts to eradicate hunger and mitigate against importation of maize through the provision of early maturing and drought tolerant varieties.
"We need to invest more in research to come up with early maturing crop varieties that that withstand drought and survive on less water," she said.
The Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Hon. Emmanuel Wangwe noted that the field day was held at the home of a prominent leader, thus a good example for others to follow.
"It is my hope that farmers will inculcate what they have learned to grow the crops they have seen for their food and to sell the surplus leading to improved livelihoods.
KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki acknowledged the partnership between KEPHIS and stakeholders in making the event a success. He particularly singled out the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future Programme for enabling KEPHIS to go further and certify orphan crops for farmers to have superior crop varieties to grow leading to improved livelihoods.
The event was aimed at showing farmers in the Siaya agro-ecological zone crop varieties suitable for the area and that can withstand the notorious striga weed that is prevalent in the area.
The event was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Feed the Future project.

Siaya first lady Rosella Rasanga (left) Mama Ida Odinga and KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani admiring the orange fleshed sweet potatoes planted at the Odinga's Opoda farm. These and other crops were on demonstration during the Opoda Farm field day.

Hon Raila Odinga(in blue suit), Hon. Oburu Odinga(4th right), KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki(right) and KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani listening to how maize planted in Bondo and the larger agro-ecological zone can mitigate against the notorious striga weed.