Sat. Sep 19th, 2020

Supporting Farmers

Seeds of gold farm clinic meet up in Kisii

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Participants sample farm input at a past Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic in Meru. The eighth edition of the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic kicks off in Kisii County next Friday. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By NELSON MAINA

The eighth edition of the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic, mainly sponsored by Elgon Kenya, kicks off in Kisii County next Friday.
The initiative that has previously attracted farmers from all corners of the country is gaining traction as a one-stop shop where food producers, majority who are smallholder farmers, actively interact with experts in a one-of-a-kind engagement.
Segmented into trainings, question and answer sessions, one-on-one interactions between experts and farmers and demonstrations, the clinics have always exceeded farmers’ expectations.
The Kisii edition promises nothing less. The trainings will be carried out by experts and will tackle a variety of subjects from farming techniques, to low cost pest control methods and market access.
Modelled along the human health concept, the clinics involve plant doctors, usually researchers and agronomists who offer agronomic support while diagnosing ‘sick plants’. Farmers carry their diseased plants and explain the problems to the doctors who then prescribe the best remedy.
 

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