According to the sources, it has been reported that rice growing in Nyanza is expected to get a major boost after an Indian firm; Agfri Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) came on board to offer expertise, seeds, fertilizers and mechanical weeders aimed at saving farmers at the Ahero and West Kano irrigation schemes in Kisumu County. It has also been stated that the project is going to be funded to a tune of Sh8 million which will cater the cost of water while doubling production from two tonnes per acre to four acres. Moreover, according to the National Irrigation Board Regional Manager Mr Joel Tanui, SRI will also help farmers to increase their production on paddy.
Further, in this matter it has also been insisted on the commitment that the government has in reviving the rice growing sector in the region which has in the past been faced by a myriad of challenges ranging from poor management of the irrigation schemes in the rice belts. It is believed that the coming of Agfri on board will help to revive this dwindling rice sector in the region. In addition, overall it is expected that the production of paddy in the region will also increase as a result band restore the good name this area had in rice growing, as explained by Mr Tanui. However, it has been cautioned to farmers not to be misled by unscrupulous middlemen who will underpay them. Meanwhile, it was also asked to rely on the government in future to market their produce if they don’t want to count loses.