By Nicholas Nduati
Farmers hoping to remain afloat in the current changing climatic conditions now have the opportunity to do so by using certified seeds and insuring their crops against among others failed germination due to lack of rain.
This is courtesy of a Memorandum of Understanding signed Thursday between the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization-KALRO, and Acre Africa to have farmers buy certified seeds and heifers that are both insured against crop failure, diseases and death as well.
Farmers not only those in arid and semi-arid areas have in recent years been bearing the brunt of failed rain leading to crop failure as well as death of livestock due to lack of feed and diseases.
In a bid to woo more farmers into crop and livestock insurance, Kariuki notes that the partnership will further enable provision of free farming information and advice to farmers in addition to exposing them to post germination insurance type covers that covers against any eventualities.
The partnership will also help address farmers’ challenges in accessing crop and livestock technology developed at KALRO by bundling the technology with insurance.
The deal is expected to be actualized within the next three months covering all crops developed at the KALRO and the Sahiwal breed of livestock.