The clinics, an initiative of Elgon Kenya, Nation Media Group’s Seeds of Gold and others partners, hope to visit all the 47 counties in the wake of increasing demand for agribusiness information.
Climate change that has disrupted farming cycles, a growing number of new pests and diseases like Fall armyworm and Tuta absoluta, and agricultural land use for real estate and mining now means that farmers require new and innovative ways to optimise food production.
The plant clinics have sought to introduce these technologies to farmers.
Elgon Kenya has now partnered with Bayer East Africa in the clinics to bring closer to smallholder farmers affordable and modern products while investing in their training.
The partnership marks another milestone in the two companies’ longstanding relationship guided by their shared values and history in making Kenya a land of plenty by providing innovative and homegrown solutions to small-scale farmers.
Information is key
The newly unveiled animal health department of Elgon Kenya will also feature in the clinics. The unit seeks to respond to growing market demand for livestock products among smallholder farmers, especially those who have diversified into livestock farming.
Trained animal health officials will be available to answer any questions and offer timely interventions. The farm clinics are premised on the fact that information is key, and is what is lacking among many farmers following the collapse of extension services.
Previous clinics have been held at Practical Training Centre in Thika, Njoro, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation Kitale, Kaguru Agricultural Training Centre in Meru and Animal Health and Industry Training Institute in Nyahururu.
The clinics are a shot in the arm for the agriculture sector as the country counts on it to help reach the mid economic status by 2030.