In Summary
  • The nationwide farmers’ competition is an annual event mainly sponsored by Elgon Kenya Ltd in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Elgon Kenya chief executive Bimal Kantaria said that winners of the farmers’ award enjoy a number of benefits, beyond the trophies and the certificates.
  • While drought which hit several parts of the country affected agricultural production considerably, more farmers submitted entries into the competition this year.
  • The judges look at the agribusiness aspects of a farming venture, farm records, and the environment under which the farming is done, among other things, such as technology.

Lucy Muthoni, the proprietor of Lucy Park Farm, which specialises in growing horticultural crops such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, capsicum and a Chinese bean variety known as shing shing is the country’s top farmer.

Lucy, a farmer from Gatundu in Kiambu County, was crowned the overall winner of this year’s National Farmers Award Scheme after emerging tops in the small-scale farm gearing towards commercialisation category.

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented to her the award on Wednesday during the Nairobi International Trade Fair at Jamhuri Show Ground in Nairobi.

The nationwide farmers’ competition is an annual event mainly sponsored by Elgon Kenya Ltd in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The scheme started five years ago to reward the best farmer as it seeks to improve the adoption of new farming technologies to enhance food security and incomes.

Lucy grows the crops inside three greenhouses – for export – besides also keeping a variety of fish.

Elgon Kenya chief executive Bimal Kantaria said that winners of the farmers’ award enjoy a number of benefits, beyond the trophies and the certificates.

“The farmers are given farm inputs from our company to boost their production. They also become trainers of farmers a job which they do at a fee.”

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