Success Story: Future Farmers embrace Viazi Power.
Sammy Kirinyet is a young small scale farmer from Chemaner in Bomet county practicing mixed farming and has been farming for 4 years growing maize, beans, potatoes and cabbages in his two acre farm.Sammy met one of Lachlan’s technical sales reps during the Viazi Power training sessions at Chemaner trading Centre and was eager to try the concept of Viazi Power innovation.
After preparing one acre of his field, he called Lachlan personnel who assisted him with seed selection, procurement of VP products, seed treatment and planting crop husbandry.During planting, neighbours were invited to see how seed treatment is done.
The traditional Basal fertilizer used was 50kg of DAP but this was mixed with 2.5 kgs Blackmajik* (Trademark Lachlan) to stabilize the phosphorous in acidic soils. Many growers overapply nitrogen to the potato crop so no additional N top dressing was done.
The crop emerged with vigour and uniformity with a very dark green colour and thick numerous stems which was the first sign of a good yield. The crop then received foliar feed at the 10 leaf stage as per the VP programme.
The long awaited time for harvesting came and it was really encouraging. The tubers per plant were 10-18 compared to 4-8 previously seen. They were of good quality and marketable size.
The buyer (broker) Sammy sells his potatoes to commented that he had never seen such a good quality harvest in the region.
Total bags harvested were 62 of 140kgs each. He sold 45 bags at Ksh 1,500 earning him Ksh 67,500. Thirteen bags were stored for seeds and consumption. Sammy used to get between 20-35 bags in one acre and was happy as the innovation more than doubled his yields.
From the sales of potatoes, Sammy bought a dairy cow at Ksh 60,000 and used the rest of the money to pay school fees.
He is planning to lease more land for growing potatoes using the Viazi power innovation. He is also encouraging other farmers to try it and experience its benefits especially now that land is becoming a scarce resource.