Farmers across West Pokot County regularly harvest crops yielding far below the biological potential of their chosen variety.
Although pests and diseases take their toll while water shortages are widespread, nutritional disorders are probably the most pervasive constraint to crop yields in many parts of the county.
This owes to the fact that farmers have always used fertiliser that is not compatible with their soil needs.
To address this gap, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo tasked MEA Limited to conduct soil tests in order to establish the appropriate fertiliser. While receiving a report from MEA Fertilizer flanked by Agriculture CEC Geoffrey Lipale, the county boss said that the report will offer an alternative to farmers when it comes to fertilizer given that the samples were obtained from 10 wards.
The analysis, received at Kishaunet Showground, will be used to provide blended fertiliser to meet the soil inadequacies highlighted in the report. Prof. Lonyangapuo stated that the report has provided a way of enhancing food security through effective farming techniques.
On the same note the county boss Prof. John Lonyangapuo with CECM Geoffrey Lipale- Agriculture & Livestock led the distribution of drought resistant maize seeds in a bid to make West Pokot food secure. The region's altitude will guide on the breed to be used.
Together with Agriculture CEC Geoffrey Lipale he distributed seeds at Marich, Orwa, Lous, Kambi Karai, Sarmach, Nasolot, Turkwel, Ka-chapilwa, Kases, Lonyangalem, Kowur (Ompolion), Takaywa and Kaaron. Last week, residents living along Rivers Suam and Turkwel received the seeds.