KBL woos farmers with Sh1bn sorghum fund

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Thursday August 12 2021


Senator Keg barrels at the KBL plant in Kisumu. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA


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  • The brewer says the funds will be former within the promotion and provision of seeds and for shopping sorghum from the farmers.

Kenya Breweries Exiguous (KBL) has role apart Sh1 billion to promote commercial production of a former sorghum kind that has been chanced on a generous various for brewing Senator Keg.

The brewer is targeting to recruit extra than 15,000 farmers in western Kenya in its most recent efforts to ramp up production volumes.

The funds will be former within the promotion and provision of seeds and for shopping sorghum from the farmers.

Based totally on KBL western regional agribusiness supervisor Eliud Kiptoo, the brewer hopes to reap extra than 10,000 tonnes of sorghum for the period of the prolonged rains anticipated in mid-March subsequent year.

The recent quantity of sorghum is resistant to pests and birds and is predicted to supply farmers a generous return. It changed into developed over a two-year period by crossbreeding with different kinds.

“With the recent kind, farmers are now guaranteed to invent harvests of as a minimal 95 percent of their possess,” Mr Kiptoo mentioned.

KBL managing director John Musunga, who spoke after visiting farmers in Okana, Ahero on Thursday, expressed self assurance that the recent venture would enhance operations of its Sh15 billion refurbished Kisumu plant.

“We goal to enhance earnings and meals security among smallholder farmers and invent a huge economic empowerment for the people of western Kenya,” he mentioned.

As effectively as to providing raw fabric for its beer, Mr Musunga mentioned the grains would enhance meals security within the plight.

“Other than being supreme for beer brewing, it’s as nutritious as any other quantity of sorghum,” he acknowledged.

KBL western Kenya topic supervisor Julius Kyalo mentioned Kari mtama, Sila and Gadam sorghum kinds, which they had relied on reported losses of up to 40 percent among farmers due to the birds’ voracious appetite for the grains.

“Subsequently, this saw the withdrawal of over 5,000 farmers who had been recruited to raise within the production of sorghum,” he mentioned.

Mr Kiptoo mentioned they’ve 100 farmers producing seeds on 120 acres of land in Homa Bay County.

“The seeds will be ready by January subsequent year and would possibly perchance perchance well soundless be distributed to farmers in Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties,” he mentioned.

“We are going to earn the seeds from them and would possibly perchance perchance well soundless provide a subsidy of 50 percent to farmers who will earn from KBL.” 

Coming at a time the sugarcane sector is dealing with challenges, the deal guarantees western Kenya farmers a viable various.

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