Farmers urged to be innovative to boost production
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) Director General (DG), Dr. Eliud Kireger has challenged Kenyan farmers to become innovative and come up with local solutions to boost productivity.
Kireger said that relevant government bodies were ready to partner with those who come up with innovations that could turn around productivity.
The DG said that KALRO has initiated farmers’ innovation contests to be held in various parts of the country to tap from the vast knowledge that had never been recorded.
He was speaking at Siaya farmers’ training centre during a farmers’ innovation contest award on Thursday.
“Farmers’ innovation in Kenya has not been recognized. Awarding local farmers innovators is a sign that we are on the path to sustainably improve our agriculture,” said the director.
The Deputy Director of KALRO, Dr. Felister Makini said that local innovations could help farmers overcome daily environmental challenges.
Makini said that researchers had discovered that some technologies propagated by the government don’t work well for the farmers due to different environmental challenges across the country hence the need for local solutions.
The Deputy director said that the research institution was working on a strategy to incorporate local innovations and materials to make them cheaper to adopt.
The Siaya Deputy Governor, Dr. James Okumbe hailed KALRO for awarding local farmers innovators and promised that that the County Government would work jointly with the research body and local farmers to promote innovation.
During the occasion, the participants were awarded dairy cows, solar powered water pumps and incubators.
By Philip Onyango