County pursues macadamia farming in crop diversification drive

The department of agriculture in Nakuru County has continued with its initiative of facilitating farmers to venture into crop diversification by  incorporating macadamia farming into the project..

Already the Directorate of Agriculture has distributed 12,000 macadamia seedlings to more than 600 farmers in Rongai, Njoro, Subukia, Bahati and Kuresoi North sub counties.

According to the County Government , the Crop Diversification Program is not only aimed at uplifting the living standards of the farmers but also contributing to food and nutrition security in the county .

The diversification program aims at helping smallholder farmers develop robust, highly productive and sustainable farm enterprises.

The high valued fruit crop which is highly resistant to diseases, gives up to 50 kgs a tree and has a high maturity rate of 3-4 years as opposed to non-grafted that grows with 8 or more years.

The County also plans to make follow up visits to review and analyze the success of the crop previously distributed to and link farmers with processing markets for export.

Last year 2,000 macadamia seedlings were distributed to about 100 farmers in Gilgil and Rongai sub counties.

Other crops that the county is encouraging farmers to plant include avocado, pears among others.

The county has also invested millions of shillings to support farmers grow soya and other grains.

Nakuru dairy farmers to benefit from KALRO project

Nakuru County has been identified as a project area for the Climate Smart Research and Innovation for Livestock Development Program in Kenya with a focus on dairy in collaboration with Self Help Africa (SHA) and KALRO.

According to Nakuru County CeC in charge of agriculture,  Dr. Immaculate Maina, the move will help the County grow its dairy value chain.

Speaking when she hosted a delegation from Self Help Africa, Dr. Maina emphasized on the County’s keenness to support the promotion of climate smart fodder and extension messaging to empower more farmers into increasing their productivity.

The pilot program is targeting 2,000 farmers from 5 cooperatives and focuses on developing and demonstrating new climate smart production systems that increase productivity and profitability.

Farmers will learn how to improve forages hence attain sustainable livestock nutrition for their animals.

Dr. Maina urged the stakeholders to diversify and help cooperatives with production deficits to be at par with the well-established ones to boost their production and profits.

In addition to that, the project looks to develop an innovation hub which will support on-farm innovation as well as build capacity to extension officers on forage based production technology.


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