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Bright Future for Farmers as High Yielding Soyabeans variety to be Introduced

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Busia County Government in partnership with Anglican Development Services has introduce a high yielding variety of Soya beans (SB19) to its farmers to meet the soaring demand with an assured high reap per acre just within three months.

The SB19 from Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Institute (KALRO) is an improved variety that is drought tolerant and one can harvest up to 1.2 tones per acre per season with about 12 kgs of planting seeds.

In a sensitisation meeting to introduce the “2Scale soya beans” dubbed project, the County Executive Committee member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Moses Osia said that Busia County has a favourable climatic condition which allows farmers to diversify their income sources and that soya beans gives them the leverage despite the past challenges.

“Busia County has good weather and soils which can grow this crop and we want to assure farmers that we will support them in mobilization, capacity building and adhering to all agronomic measures in terms of crop management, disease and pest control to achieve the goal of the project” said Dr. Osia.

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The project will be on a contractual basis of three levels which Dr. Osia says will safeguard farmer’s interests from exploitation by middle men and aggregators and thus benefit as expected. 

“Farmers are going to sign contracts which will assure them of market and stable prices for their produce and thus a win win situation for all actors” he added as he assured to have farmers get right seeds as soon as the project kicks off. 

The ADS programs and fundraising partnership manager Rev. Oscar Ekesa said the project which is in the entire western region targets 2500 farmers in Busia and that it will temporarily start in three Sub Counties; Teso South and North and Nambale before scaling to the rest.

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“2Scale project is aimed at bringing soya to farmers to plant so that they can improve on their productivity and have increased and better incomes and also benefit in terms of nutrition and food security” he added.

Samuel Akolo, in charge of ADS food security and nutrition said that Equatorial Nuts Processors are the main current buyer due to the volumes of produce they are targeting and that after adding value they will sell back to the community targeting refugee camps and other out lets.

“We will be buying a kilo of soya ta Ksh.50 of which a farmer will be able to make at least Kshs. 10-12 000 as cross margin per acre” he added. 

The project will run from 2020-2023.

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