Nyandarua farmers bank on saccos for cheaper machinery

Farmers in Nyandarua County have launched a drive to buy equipment through their cooperatives. The farmers hire tractors at between Sh3,000 and Sh6,000 per acre ploughed during planting seasons.

“Tractors are very scarce here but if we have access to them farmers would buy them through saccos. This would see the cost of tilling land come down,” said Peter Kamoche, a farmer and county representative.

Speaking during an open day at Athena Farm in Ol-Kalou, the farmers asked CMC Motors to establish a yard or a workshop for displaying their farm machinery for them to buy the equipment through their societies.

Governor Daniel Waithaka while speaking at the event organised by CMC Motors said that farmers are ready pool resources to buy machinery to make their work easier.

“This county thrives on farming and machinery CMC has displayed are very important. They are also affordable,” he said.

He asked farmers to borrow from the co-operative societies and buy farm machinery.

Farmers said scarcity of tractors results in late planting.

CMC Motors managing director Solomon Muturi promised to address the farmers’ concerns.

The farm equipment displayed during the open day included tractors, compact tracks, wheel loaders, trucks, pick-ups and mini-buses.

CMC Motors partnered with Equity Bank, Family Bank, saccos and Athena Farm, among others to organise the event to educate farmers on the latest technology in agriculture.