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Momentum Trust Board Member Christian Hoff shows Busia Agriculture Executive Dr Moses Osia (in red tie) and farmers how Chia Seeds farming is practiced at Among'ura in Teso South on Monday.

200 Busia farmers waiting to reap big from Chia Seeds farming

Photo: Chia Seeds farming at Among’ura in Teso South Sub County on Monday.

About 200 farmers from  Busia County  have discovered an easy way of making money by venturing into Chia Seeds Farming which is synonymous with South American Nations.

The 200 members of Busia  Oil Crop  Framers Co-operative Society  have planted  the rare but lucrative crop on  150 acres of land. They expect  to harvest over 20 tons.

The crop fetches up to Sh1500 per kilogram  in the local market  but Momentum Trust — a Danish organization based in Kenya is offering Sh150 per kilogram.

The Society chairman  Dismas Okware  said they  have opted to accept the offer  for a start as they venture  into further negotiations to push the  prize to at least Sh500 per Kg or until a better offer  comes knocking.

Busia  County Executive Committee Member for  Agriculture and Animal Resources  Dr Moses Osia  toured  Ong’ariama and Among’ura in Teso South Sub County on Monday   where each farmer has planted  at least one acre of the crop.

Dr Osia  said Busia  is the only County  in Kenya  that grows organically  certified Chia Seeds, adding that one acre can fetch up to Sh50,000  which a farmer  can’t get from any crop within  three months.

” I am happy Momentum has  come to work with Busia County Farmers. Let’s get many  farmers registered in the program . We also want  equipment for harvesting, drying and packaging in Busia.

Chia is a new crop in Busia County and it’s doing well. Any person who has idle land and  is looking for  a cash crop can go for Chia Seeds farming. Although the price is low that is a good start as we strive to get a better market,” he said.

Momentum Trust Board Member Christian  Hoff  said there is a ready market in Denmark which imports over 1400 tons of organic  Chia Seeds annually, adding that  Chia seeds are good in the treatment of diabetes, blood pressure  and  for those who want to lose weight.

Nutritionists  assert that Chia seeds are good  for boosting libido and they improve  brain health. They are also a good source of Omega-3, essential fatty acids  which the body cannot produce. They are also rich in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Chia seeds are grown organically  without using harmful  pesticides  and chemicals. It tolerates various soil  and climatic conditions. The plant  is very hardy  and grows  in dry areas.

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  1. How and where can one obtain chia seeds for planting? Are they available in supermarkets etc?

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