In Summary
  • The first clinic was held in Thika and the second in Njoro, Nakuru, last year and farmers came from far and wide.
  • The clinics, initiated by Elgon Kenya Limited and Seeds of Gold, have brought to the fore the thirst for correct information among smallholder farmers so that they can feed the nation.
  • Farmers need to embrace innovations especially in seed development if they are to get good prices and adequate harvests.
  • And remember, this year’s search for the best farmer in the country has kicked off.

As the third Farm Clinic opens its door today in Kitale, expectations are high among farmers, with many hoping to acquire knowledge on various crops and animals.

The first clinic was held in Thika and the second in Njoro, Nakuru, last year and farmers came from far and wide.

A good number strode in with their sick, damaged or stunted plants seeking diagnosis from a team of experts.

They said they had taken good care of their plants, therefore, they didn’t understand why they were not thriving. While they arrived crestfallen, the farmers went back happy.

The clinics, initiated by Elgon Kenya Limited and Seeds of Gold, have brought to the fore the thirst for correct information among smallholder farmers so that they can feed the nation.

The Njoro clinic attracted hundreds of farmers from Makueni, Molo, Njoro, Kisumu, Machakos and Thika, where there were tens of agronomists to attend to their needs.

“I have been planting beans for the last three years and despite other farmers harvesting over 90 bags from an acre, the most I get is 15,” said Peter Mungai, a farmer from Thika.

After listening carefully, Elgon Kenya Head of Agribusiness Mahesh Sharma explained to him that he was using an old variety of seeds. He advised him to go for new varieties of seeds that take three months to mature.

“Farmers need to embrace innovations especially in seed development if they are to get good prices and adequate harvests,” said Sharma.

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