The Kenya Seed Company has announced that it has put structures in place to disseminate the required farming information to farmers in villages in Western Kenya.
The company is encouraging farmers to form groups.
According to the company, Western Kenya region has 6,700 square kilometers of land that is not being optimized.
Speaking during the just-concluded Kakamega Agricultural show, Kenya Seed Company Western region branch manager Ms. Kate Lule said this has caused a shortage in food supply in the region.
She said there is need to enlighten farmers since most of them lack information on the varieties of crops to plant.
Lule said the Company will work with farmers groups to train and empower them in order to boost food production.
“We need to plant other crops. Not just maize and beans. Crops like indigenous vegetables, sorghum, millet and cassava will help alleviate hunger and poverty. Kenya Seed Company is the only company that has a variety of indigenous products in the market. We encouraged farmers to buy the other varieties,” she said.
She added that farmers should be enlightened on farming techniques, practice diversification, and buy certified seeds from authorized seed companies.
“Having the right information is key in improving food production and nutrition. We encourage farmers to plant indigenous crops. We are working with different organizations and stakeholders on value addition in order to help farmers maximize on production and profits,” she said.