Agricultural Research to Inform local fertilizer needs

By Kipngeno Korir

Farmers in Eldoret and its environs are set to have fertilizer which best suits their farms soil type if plans by partnership between Japanese conglomerate Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Moi University’s School of Agriculture sails through.

The partnership was sealed  through a Memorandum of Understanding that saw the Japanese Tshusho company pledge a laboratory equipment supply worth Sh. 31 million.

The laboratory equipment is aimed at boosting research and teaching in the school of agriculture, says Toyota Tsusho Chief Executive, Wada Akira who spoke at the Nigeria fertilizer plant.

Akira said the partners would conduct research on soil, to establish the suitability of different types of fertilizers for specific locations.

He added that the research on soil would also inform the Company on what types of fertilizers to produce at its new plant in Nigeria in order  to address specific soil deficiencies.

The School Dean Prof Timothy Sulo appreciated the Japanese company for the equipment saying the school as well as the local community would immensely benefit from the research that would boost food production.


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