The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service's presence in counties will be crucial in fuelling efforts for the county to attain food sufficiency.
Governor Jackson Mandago, while hosting the company’s board of directors on a courtesy call on Tuesday, said the seed researcher needs to take their services closer to the people in the grassroots.
“The Government is passionate about food security. Kephis which certifies seeds will play a very crucial role in the attainment of food sufficiency,” says Mandago.
Kephis is a parastatal that conducts research and certifies seeds.
“When farmers are given certified quality seeds, they get to increase their yield and, in the event, the country’s food security is boosted,” added Mandago.
He added: “Bad seeds usually lead high cost in production and depressed harvest, that is farmers have to spray and top dress severally, later affecting yield.”
Governor Mandago asked Kephis to conduct as many field days as possible, adding that most farmers learn when they get to see and feel the practices taught.
“Field days will work to make our farmers believe how certified seeds translate to better yields. This is why you need to increase your presence in the grassroots.”
Governor Mandago also disclosed plans for the county to turn Chebororwa Agricultural Training Centre into a propagation centre where research is done to come up with good crop seeds.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said: “It is quite promising how Kephis has been helping us in making our diversification program felt and adopted by farmers.”
“We shall be needing this continued partnership as we collectively move forward to attaining food security as a nation,” added Chemno.
According to Kephis Managing Director Esther Kimani who was also in charge of the delegation, the team is visiting regions to access what the company has achieved and what needs to be done.
Chief Officer for Agriculture Dr Victoria Tarus were present.
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