NAIROBI, More than 500 farmers in Kenya are set to be trained on sustainable farming methods through a partnership between Unilever East Africa, Agventure Ltd. and the Netherlands Development Organization which will also offer the farmers the necessary technical assistance to enable them to double the production of canola oil in the country by 2017 through contract farming arrangements.
Farmers across Kenya are being urged to grow canola, also known as rapeseed, as a rotation crop in view of its numerous benefits to the soil as well as the good returns which farmers can earn from the crop.
Unilever East Africa Managing Director Justin Apsey says by planting canola, the risks faced are more diversified compared with planting mono-crops.
The project being implemented by Unilever and its partners will see a doubling of the annual supply of locally sourced canola oil for Unilever to at least 3,000 tonnes.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK