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Farm inputs for food security

Submitted by kennedyobongo on 2 June 2017 - 11:27am

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED FERTILIZER FOR FOOD SECURITY
It has been a journey for imani community development organization since the 2008 to date in the fight against poverty, hunger and food insecurity. In a survey conducted in the year 2007 using group profile household living standard indicators database tool, it revealed that most households (80%) were food and nutritional insecure because they were planting only 3-4 crop varieties in the same piece of land without using fertilizer, certified seeds and correct seed rate per acre.
To improve food and nutritional security, in 2008 Imani C.D.O started training farmers groups in good agronomic practices (GAP) use of planting and top dressing fertilizer, certified seeds, crop diversity and rotation through the help of Amani UK. Amani UK provided funds for trainings and purchase 0f farm inputs for demo plots in all the groups we are working with. After two years they started appreciating it and each individual member wanted to continue using fertilizer and certified seeds. It was then that we introduced them to government subsidized fertilizer which is only sold at National Cereals and Produce Boards that are not close to the farmers. The procedure is also not easy for ordinary farmers; hence Imani CDO came in to assist in logistics involving acquiring vouchers from the ministry of agriculture, certification from the local administration, purchasing and transportation from the cereals stores to Imani office/ closer to the farmers. The number of farmers applying increased steadily from initially 60, to 200 last year and 250 and benefiting this year.
This year we have organized farmers based on their administration locations and registered their names and acreages with the Ministry of Agriculture and National Cereals and Produce Board they can continue benefiting in the coming years with less struggle. Their leaders were also fully involved in the whole process this year so they can continue on their own starting next year 2018.
We thank both the Kenyan government and Amani UK for making it possible. Now our farmers can get up to 15 bags of 90 kilograms maize per acre from the initial 6-8 bags with local seeds and no fertilizer

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