Ki­ambu youth farm­ers urged to form self-help groups, seek aid

‘We have been farm­ing these tis­sue cul­ture ba­nanas and the tree to­ma­toes as we con­tinue to re­ceive train­ing. Farm­ers are or­der­ing seedlings from our green­house’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - GE­ORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

A group of farm­ers in Kwaregi vil­lage, Lari con­stituency, has urged young peo­ple to form agri­cul­tural groups and seek as­sis­tance from the county govern­ment.

They praised Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo and the Agri­cul­ture depart­ment for giv­ing them a green­house to im­prove their farm­ing.

Kwaregi Pi­o­neer Or­ganic Self Help Group chair­man James Wachira said they started the group in 2008 and used to grow dif­fer­ent lo­cal veg­eta­bles and look for a mar­ket in su­per- markets and ho­tels in Nairobi.

“We used to grow plants with­out the use of fer­tiliser and chem­i­cals such as pes­ti­cides.

We search for ways of en­sur­ing we achieve healthy pro­duce,” he said.

“We aim at feed­ing our­selves and our cus­tomers with foods free from chem­i­cals.

We use nat­u­ral ma­nure from our live­stock,” the chair­man said.

Wachira said they in­vite agri­cul­tural of­fi­cials to train their 25 mem­bers on dif­fer­ent types of farm­ing.

He said they re­ceived the green­house in Au­gust, to­gether with tis­sue cul­ture ba­nana seedlings, tree to­ma­toes as well as to­mato seeds and seedlings.

“We have been farm­ing these tis­sue cul­ture ba­nanas and the tree to­ma­toes as we con­tinue to re­ceive train­ing.

In fact, a lot of farm­ers are or­der­ing seedlings from our green­house. We are mak­ing a profit,” he said.

Speak­ing in his of­fice yes­ter­day, Kabogo said the govern­ment bought 80 green­houses mea­sur­ing eightby-18 me­ters at Sh32 mil­lion in 2014-15 to boost agri­cul­ture.

The gov­er­nor said more than 20,000 farm­ers have been trained on agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that lands have been sub­di­vided among fam­ily mem­bers and some re­ceive tiny shares,” he said.

GE­ORGE MUGO

Kwaregi Pi­o­neer Or­ganic Self Help Group chair­man James Wachira and his wife Mary Wachuka dis­play tis­sue cul­ture ba­nanas seedlings in Lari yes­ter­day/

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