RealIPM

The Real IPM Company (K) Ltd (Real IPM) is a Kenyan-registered company that produces and sells biocontrol and bio-fertilisers in order to reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and promote the adoption of biocontrol agents.

The project

RealIPM has launched a new bio-fertiliser for the smallholder farmers. Mazao Flourish is a mixture of two micro organisms that promote growth, increase yield and reduce the biotic stress for a range of crops. It is composed of two microbes, Trichoderma asperellum and Bacillus subitilis. Biopesticides and bio-fertilisers are alternatives to traditional crop and livestock applications of chemical products to stave off pests such as insects and weeds. In trials and research conducted, Mazao Flourish was shown to significantly increase yields. Maize that was treated with the bio-fertiliser showed an increase in yield of 2 tonnes per hectare.

  • The project will increase the range of products offered by the company, diversifying income streams for the business, and helping it to expand into new markets.
  • The product will offer farmers an alternative to harmful application of fertilisers. This will lower the risk of border rejections for smallholder products entering foreign markets due to high chemical residues found on produce (flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables).
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IN BRIEF

Sector

Input supply (Biofertiliser)

Target Smallholders

9,000

Target Jobs

128

Counties

Makueni, Machakos, Loitoktok, Nyahururu, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nyeri, Meru and Kakamega