The Star (Nairobi)

14 January 2013

Kenya: Migori Famers Trained On Soya Bean Farming, Processing

Over 3,000 soybeans farmers in Migori have benefited from training on how to plant and process the crop over the weekend.

Speaking to the press at Oyani Farm in Uriri district yesterday, Kenya Soybeans Farmers Association chairman George Kivandah said farmers received training on soybeans farming methods, land preparation, seed varieties to plant and the input required for better yields.

"In line with vision 2030, farmers have also been trained on how to make products like soybean milk, meat, tea flour and bean cake to create wealth," he said.

Kivandah said they have received and installed two soybeans millers in Migori town which were donated by the United Nation International Development Organisation.

"With the coming into of products like Sossi and the need for alternative caffeine free beverages, Soybean farming will be a major economic changer in the county," he said.

He said compared to other cash crops in the county like tobacco, soybeans only take three months to grow, are easy to maintain and can be inter planted with other produce like maize or sugarcane.

Uriri district Agricultural Officer Evans Tinega told the framers to utilise the recent 'Njaa Marufuku' funds offered by government to increase their farm yields and boost food security.

He asked them to ensure they maintain peace during the election period saying it is the only way to maintain development in the county.

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