kenya-to-raise-import-duty-on-pak-rice-1370382990-5378According to the local sources, it has been revealed that surrounded by rows of harvested rice stalks, Mr Daniel Kibuchi stands on his paddy field at the Mwea Irrigation Scheme some 120km north of Nairobi. In this context, it has been reported that a 59-year-old veteran rice farmer, who ventured into paddy farming in the 1970's has witnessed the country's largest rice irrigation scheme which evolve from traditional farming practices to a technology-led production. Further, it has also  been stated that right now he specialize in growing rice for seeds which he  sells to Mwea Rice Growers Multipurpose Co-operative and by growing the  seeds ,it fetches more as compared to producing for household consumption. Moreover, by adding that he gets all his farm inputs from the cooperative.

Furthermore, it has also been explained that the wholesale price of rice for household consumption is at Sh50 a kilo for unmilled rice while the seeds go for Sh75 a kilo, as it was told by the farmer. It was also narrated that he mainly grows Basmati rice on his two-acre farm. Until recently, the irrigation scheme, which produces half of all Kenya's rice, relied on the traditional techniques which involved random planting and flooding the field with water. But, this technique involved intensive labour and wasted water, yet the yields remained low. However, when the Japanese government through a programme called Rice-based Shanti Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.and Market-oriented Agriculture Promotion Project (RiceMAPP) introduced a water saving technology in 2012, the conflict among rice farmers was taken care of and the field became more productive.

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