SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN KENYA TO BE TRAINED IN USE OF BOTANICAL PESTICIDES

About 4,000 small-scale farmers across Kenya are to be trained on how to use environmentally-friendly botanical pesticides as a way of improving yields and reducing costs.

The National Museums of Kenya will offer information to the farmers on which plants can be used to develop home-made pesticides under an initiative aimed at protecting the environment, while also ensuring that agricultural produce is safe for consumption.

A majority of farmers in the country mainly grow crops for home consumption and it is only their surplus which makes it to the market.

With pressure to maximize yields from their small farms, they have been forced to spend money on synthetic pesticides which have often brought undesired effects.

Taking note of this challenge, a project dubbed “Optimization of Pesticidal Plants”, initiated by the National Museums of Kenya is seeking to educate farmers on the use of natural or botanical pesticides from farm to storage.

The project, which begun two years ago, has so far trained 1,000 small-scale farmers across the country and is targeting to train 3,000 more before the end of next year.

According to Professor Steven Belmain, the use of botanical pesticides will enable farmers improve yields and reduce costs on fertilizer.

The National Museums of Kenya will provide information to the farmers on which plants can be used as fertilizer.

Source: Nam News Network