By Brigton makori.
Kisii County Agriculture Executive Committee Member, Esman Onsarigo has urged manufacturers of fertilizers to conduct research on soil samples and produce fertilizers of quality to boost farming.
The officer said some fertilizers used by farmers had a lot of acid, spoilt the soil and contributed poor yields of agricultural produce, leading to food insecurity.
Onsarigo, who spoke at a Kisii hotel during the launching of YARA East Africa MiCROP fertilizer yesterday, said that land in Gusii community was shrinking rapidly and urged manufacturers to produce acid free fertilizers to enhance food production.
“ Land in Gusii is getting smaller gradually due to high population growth. Our farmers need to be sensitized on quality fertilizers to use in their small farms” Onsarigo said.
He lauded YARA for blending MiCROP fertilizer with various non acidic minerals, adding the County government given farmers subsidized fertilizer from the company and enhanced maize production in the county.
YARA East Africa Commercial manager, Vitalis wafula said the fertilizer is specifically for maize and the company was sensitizing farmers on how to use it to increase maize yields.
“ MiCROP fertilizer has additional nutrients and the plant develops a strong rooting system that allows absorption of the required nutrients and water” Wafula said.
He said farmers who embraced the fertilizer harvested between 20 to 25 bags per acre, adding the company works with stockists in various towns.