CROP NUTRITION LABORATORY SERVICES

Crop nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd (Cropnuts) provides agronomy and laboratory services to farmers, cooperatives and agricultural companies in Kenya and other African countries.

Kentegra Pyrethrum Company Ltd (Kentegra), the co-applicant, collects pyrethrum flowers from over 2,000 smallholder farmers and processes them into Pale Refined Extract (PRE), required by international organic pesticides and insecticide industries.

The project

The overall objective of the project is to establish commercially viable, evidence-based and technology-supported farming advisory services to small farmers in the pyrethrum value chain, generating a sustainable yield and income increase at smallholder level.

 Kentegra Pyrethrum Company Ltd has substantially invested in developing pyrethrum growing with smallholders, but the yields and the active ingredient (pyrethrin) are still far below the attainable levels. Key for closing the yield gap and increasing the pyrethrin content is soil quality and fertility. Crop Nutrition and Laboratory Services Ltd soil testing and agronomy advisory services offer what pyrethrum farmers need to improve their yields.

With support from AgriFI, the project aims to:

  • Introduce an integrated advisory service including a physical
    agri-clinic and a digital solution based on local soil data, satellite
    data, crop models and real-time weather forecasts.
  • Support 5,000 pyrethrum farmers (2,000 existing and 3,000 new
    farmers) to improve their income, generating a revenue of €535
    per year on average from 0.5 acre of pyrethrum.
  • Establish 1,010 hectares under climate smart agriculture
    with drought resistant pyrethrum through promoting good
    agronomical practices and advisory services.
  • Improve food and nutrition through promoting mixed farming and
    providing practical advice to smallholder farmers.
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IN BRIEF

Sector

Agriculture

Smallholders reached

5000

Jobs created

Support 5,000 farmers (2,000 existing and 3,000 new farmers)

Acres under climate smart agriculture

1,010 hectares

Counties