NAIROBI, Farmers in Trans Nzoia County in western Kenya have been urged to leverage on technology and mechanized agriculture to boost production as well as increase the quality of their produce.
During a recent demonstration on the use of a light and cheaper tractor for farmers, stakeholders urged financial institutions to come on board and assist farmers purchase modern equipment.
The government has been championing the use of mechanized agriculture to reduce the cost of production as well as improve productivity. However, the high cost of equipment has been a hurdle for many small-scale farmers.
Stakeholders are now urging financial institution to come on board and assist farmers acquire appropriate modern technology to increase agricultural production and boost food security.
While unveiling a light multipurpose low cost tractor in the county capital, Kitale, agriculture sector stakeholders noted that such cheap and efficient inventions will help farmers produce more. The light, cheap and multipurpose tractor uses less than five litres of fuel to plough an acre of land and retails at an average of one million shillings (about 9,660 US dollars) each.
The tractor can be used in ploughing, can be fitted with pumps for spraying, can be used in shelling, harrowing, ripping, harvesting, as well as weeding among other functions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK