Farmers advised to take advisory information

Kiambu farmers have been advised to adhere to weather forecasts to boost food security, the Principal of Waruhiu Agricultural Training College in Githunguri, Joseph Mureithi has said.

Noting that forecasts by the meteorological department were accurate, Mureithi urged farmers to prepare their farms and plant at the right time.

He said from his experience, farmers in the region were keen and eager to be empowered with a view of improving their produce.

Mureithi however, challenged farmers to use available magazines from stakeholders and e farming to engage in sustainable farming.

Citing newsletter, Mureithi said farmers had celebrated information that the Government had banned the importation of chicken from Uganda following a recent outbreak of bird flu.

A farmer from Ikinu, Henry Mwangi hailed the government for the timely action, saying it had saved them huge looses.

Mwangi said in as much as the Government allowed importation of some farm produce, it was prudent that it was vetted to ensure that it did not contaminate the local produce.

Kiambu County Government is credited for encouraging poultry farming and has constructed an Egg Market in Wangige.

At the market, farmers from the 13 Sub-counties converge every Monday and Thursday to buy and sell their eggs to individuals and institutions, thus providing the traders with a reliable and stable income.

Source: Kenya News Agency