Soya beans turn around family fortunes

(This is satire people!!!! ed.)

By Protus Onyango Updated Saturday, January 3rd 2015 at 00:00 GMT +3

For Moses Ngota, a father of eight, from Mungoye village, Luanda in Vihiga County, soya bean farming is like manna from heaven. The 57-year-old had been toiling on his farm for decades planting beans and maize. What he used to harvest was consumed by his family and he had to do menial jobs to supplement his income. But when a team of experts from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) visited the area, his suffering literally stopped. The CABI team together with Farm Input Promotions-Africa (FIPs-Africa), the organisation’s Compro II project implementor, educated farmers on how to grow soya beans inoculated with biofix. Moses Thuita, a researcher involved in coordinating the Compro II project, says microbial or soil inoculants are agricultural amendments that use beneficial microbes to promote plant health. He says biofix is an organic fertiliser researched and developed by the University of Nairobi since 1981.


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