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Uhuru urges farmers to embrace modern farming methods

27 January 2014, 15:05 Nechesa Chemoi

Athi River - Farmers have been urged to embrace modern farming methods to increase food production in the country.

Speaking when he toured AusQuest farm in Athi River, Machakos County, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged farmers with small pieces of land to embrace technology for them to get more yields from their farms.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskey, said his ministry will promote the adoption of new farminh methods by creating awareness on its benefits to farmers, especially in the lower Eastern region which is largely covered by black cotton soil.

The AusQuest farm applies a modern method of farming which uses black cotton soil with little water to grow 600 hectares of sorghum and 25 hectares of barley.

“It is a good thing that this technology has come to Kenya. It will turn around the entire lower Eastern into a major crop production area,” said Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Judi Wakhungu.

She said adoption of the new farming method will make good use of the black cotton soil, which many people previous thought was useless.

Deputy President William Ruto also accompanied the President on the tour.

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