Kenya should enact policies that promote adoption of nature-based technologies and innovations to renew soils, fight pests and diseases to boost production of key staples, an expert said on Thursday.
Application of organic fertilizers and pesticides hold the key to enhancing crop yields for Kenyan smallholders, said Brian Etyang, Africa managing director of Salvation Farming Solutions.
“There is need to reinvent agriculture systems in the country through use of organic methods to boost production of staple crops in the wake of climate change and declining soil fertility,” Etyang said in an interview in Nairobi.
He said that Salvation Farming Solutions, an international company that promotes disruptive technologies in the agriculture sector, has engaged African policymakers and farmers’ lobby groups to raise awareness on innovations that can be adopted to halt decline in crop yield.
“We need to build the capacity of farmers to harness nature based innovations to eradicate toxicity in soils, improve drought, pest and disease tolerance of their crops,” Etyang said. Enditem