Fertiliser blend boosts soil health for better yields

From left: Winners of the 2016 Total
From left: Winners of the 2016 Total Start-upper of the Year Challenge, Samuel Rigu, founder of Safi Organics, Kevin Maina, co-founder and CEO of Eco Blocks, and Susan Okioma, the founder of JSIL Space Solutions, pose with their cheques at the awards ceremony last week. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Government and civil society led interventions have failed to reverse the shrinking agricultural economy— but that might just change, given the increasing private sector led interventions.

Agriculture, the backbone of Kenya’s economy, has not been able to ensure food security for the country despite the sector constantly outpacing others like finance, real estate and manufacturing and that it continues to employ approximately 80 per cent of the rural population.

One of the main reasons for this trend in Kenya, and across the region, is that there is low productivity per acre of land tilled due to the inability of (mostly poor) farmers to get affordable modern farming technologies.

Samuel Rigu saw this diminishing productivity growing up in a farm in Kinangop, an experience which has now led him to start producing cheaper fertiliser.