Farmers to be trained on botanical pesticides use

By Ronald Owili

About 4,000 small scale farmers across the country are set to be trained on how to use environmentally friendly botanical pesticides as a way of improving yields and reducing cost.

The National Museums of Kenya will offer information to the farmers on which plants can be used to develop homemade pesticides.

The initiative aims at protecting the environment, while also ensuring that the produce is safe for consumption.

A majority of farmers in the country mainly grow crops for home consumption. It is only the surplus that makes it to the market.

With pressure to maximize yields from their small farms, they have been forced to spend money on synthetic pesticides which have often brought undesired effects on their crops.

Noticing this challenge, a project dubbed optimization of pesticidal plants initiated by the National Museums of Kenya is seeking to educate farmers on the use of natural or botanical pesticides from farm to storage.

The project which begun two years ago has so far trained 1000 small scale farmers across the country and is targeting 3,000 more before the end of next year.

According to professor Steven Belmain, use of botanical pesticides will enable farmers improve yields and reduce costs on fertilizer.

The National Museums of Kenya will provide information to the farmers on which plants can be used as fertilizer.

 

  

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