Beans production in Narok County decreased from 2.2m metric tons per acre in 2013 to 1.6 million tonnes in 2014.
Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, the County Director of Agriculture (CDA), Christopher Nkunkuu said the area under the crop also declined by 7 per cent from 32,477 hectares in 2013 to 30,346 hectares in 2014 leading to a decrease in production from 71,691 metric tons to 48,272 metric tons which earned farmers a mere shs.1.5 billion in 2014.
“This is worrying to us seeing this significant drop of the crop going on for some years now”, he said.
Nkunkuu attributed the decrease to various factors, including failure by farmers to plant certified seeds, intercroping of beans with other crops especially maize which in turn affected the yields, and unfavorable weather pattern.
He said beans were a staple crop in Kenya and the main source of protein for many families thus farmers needed be sensitized on the importance of planting certified seeds.
Similarly, Irish potatoes productivity in the county reduced from a long term average of 10 metric tons per hectare to 8 metric tons due to biting frost that affected the crop during the long rain season.
Nkunkuu said the county produced 81,384 bags of potatoes in 2014 which translated to about 8 tons earning the farmers shs.1.342b.
By Mabel Keya