Phytosanitary training for Nyandarua West farmers, 20th November, 2014 at Oljororok PCEA Church Hall.

 

Oljororok in Nyandarua West has a number of small scale farmers growing cut flowers among other crops for export. In the recent past there has been an increase in interceptions of Kenya`s agricultural produce at major entry points on account of harmful organisms on these crops. In this regard, the Sub-County Agricultural office Nyandarua West made a request for training of farmers on Phytosanitary scheduled for 20th November 2014 at Oljororok PCEA Church hall. Fifty two farmers were trained during the one day course that focused on good agricultural practices.

Oljororok in Nyandarua West has a number of small scale farmers growing cut flowers among other crops for export. In the recent past there has been an increase in interceptions of Kenya`s agricultural produce at major entry points on account of harmful organisms on these crops. In this regard, the Sub-County Agricultural office Nyandarua West made a request for training of farmers on Phytosanitary scheduled for 20th November 2014 at Oljororok PCEA Church hall. Fifty two farmers were trained during the one day course that focused on good agricultural practices. Training proceedings The training started at 9.00am with a word of prayer followed by introductions by farmers, MOALF staff and KEPHIS staff. Welcoming remarks were made by the Sub-County Agriculture officer of Nyandarua west. Thereafter, an introductory discussion was made on the nature of agriculture the farmers practice and the challenges met. The following was noted: 1. The farmers grow peas, cupflowers (eryngium) for export 2. They are faced by pest challenges including Thrips, whiteflies, leafminers, false codling moth. 3. There is great cooperation between the farmers and regulatory institutions like Pest Control Products Board, KEPHIS and Horticultural Crops Departments- AFFA. This is due to the close cooperation between the MOALF and these institutions 4. There is a challenge in combined interventions of each of the mandates of these institutions thus sometimes hampering effective practices and information delivery. A number of presentations were made to sensitize the farmers on the role of KEPHIS, emerging issues under the following topics; Role of KEPHIS Pest of quarantine concern in cut flowers Management of harmful organisms causing interception Good agricultural practices