Farmers in the Western Region Counties have been encouraged by United States of America International Development Agency and Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems to enroll in the ongoing soil testing exercise that is taking place in the regions.
The campaign which is aims to reduce the food insecurity that has been attributed to decrease plant nutrients due to soil acidity targets 100,000 small-scale farmers from Homabay, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisii, Migori, Kisumu, Busia , Vihiga and Siaya.
KCDMS Deputy Chief of party Judy Odongo said already more than 30,000 farmers have already have their soils pH tested and have been advised to adopt sustainable and environmental friendly farming practices.
“Small-Scale farmers constitute a big portion of the regions agricultural sector and they are privileged to greatly benefit from the improved soil management practices,” she said.
Benjamin Odongo, a member from Kakamega County Executive Committee for Agriculture said the soil testing initiative will be of great advantage to the farmers as they will expect more yields that will boost production in their respective region.
“Poverty levels in Kakamega County currently stands at 31% of the population and this kind of intervention and partnership will make farmers be able to maximise their yields and boost food security which is a key pillar in the county government,” he said.
Furthermore, he added that county of Kakamega will enroll 1000 enumerators who will be expected to help in taking specific details of farmers so as to know the economic activities they are engaged in and to avoid duplication of services from various partners in the sector
USAID also promised installation of soil testing clinics in the county equipped with the latest testing equipment and qualified agronomist and technicians.