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Farmers urged to adopt new methods

17 June 2013, 11:01 Steve Wambugu

The National Director of Pathways Project Gideon Obare has challenged farmers in Kenya to use new seed varieties to increase yields in their farms.

He regretted that small scale farmers in the country have been using traditional methods of farming which have resulted to low crop production and food insecurity in the country.

Obari observed that it was high time for farmers to adopt new farming technology in an effort to increase their yields and at the same time respond better to climate change.

“The old ways of farming are outdated and that’s why we are urging farmers to explore new framing methods,” he said.

Speaking on Sunday at Egerton University in Njoro, the director said that Pathways Project will be conducting farming research in collaboration with Egerton University where they are expected to visit 700 farmers across the country.

“We will be visiting various places in the country as part of carrying out our research and we are mainly going to be focusing on five provinces where farming is done on high scales,” he revealed.

The National Coordinator of Pathways Project Menale Kassie who handed a car that Egerton University will be using to conduct research for the next four years, he said that the project is also being carried out in  four other countries in Africa namely Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Kassie said the project will aim at coming up with proper ways of improving food security and overcome the downward productivity spiral which has been ailing the farming sector in the country.

He also said that the project will be working closely with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in both the Embu and Kakamega branches.

Egerton Deputy Vice-chancellor John Mwangi who was also present during the presentation said that the project will go a long way in solving the food problem that has been deviling the country for years.

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