It is predicted through the field trials and demonstration plots established by Harper Adams University and Newscape Agro Systems, that the finger millet agronomy will benefit and have a direct impact on nutrition standards and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Agri-EPI’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr Shamal Mohammed said: “This is a potentially transformational project which aims to provide farmers in Kenya with a new tool and better knowledge of finger millet management to increase productivity and profitability, by integrating sensor technologies such as satellite imagery, automatic weather station data and local agronomic data to better understand the soil-crop interactions and develop an affordable mechanism to increase nutrient use efficiency for finger millet crops.”
Dr Denis Mujibi, Chief Executive of USOMI, said:
“It is our desire and obligation to ensure rural communities achieve nutrition beyond subsistence. The technology package to be generated by this project will be a big step towards this goal. We are targeting smallholder households to ensure year-round access to a nutrient dense food that reduces under-5 stunting, anaemia in pregnancy and calcium deficiency in the elderly. We aim to grow our impact through our Nutrigren program to 30,000 farmers by 2025.”
Dr Peter Okoth, Agronomist with Newscape Agro Systems, said:
“We are committed to using our many years of experience in the field of crop improvement across Africa, Asia and Latin America to contribute to the development of finger millet agronomy and productivity for the betterment of the smallholder farmers in Kenya.”
Dr Sven Peets, Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University, said:
“Our objective is to improve the efficiency of finger millet and poultry production by applying state of the art agricultural technology for the benefit of smallholder farmers in Kenya. We are focussed on establishing an appropriate technology package which is commercially viable in long term.”