Busia farmers will benefit from the multi-purpose thresher courtesy of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Program and ICRISAT.
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Moses Osia said farmers used to have only maize threshers and using crude technology to harvest other cereal crops.
“The new multi-purpose thresher can be used to thresh maize, sorghum, fingure millet, green grams, rice and other grains. This will help farmers reduce costs and post-harvest losses,” he said.
Speaking during a demonstration exercise on the use of the new machine at Busia ATC on Tuesday, Dr Osia urged farmers to purchase the new portable machines to boost their production.
Coordinator for Busia and Siaya, Daniel Otwani told the visiting USAID Feed the Future team led by County coordinator David Charles that the multi-purpose thresher costs Sh55, 000.
The USAID team was taken around the Sorghum National Performance Trial farm where four new varieties have been planted side by side to ascertain which variety is resistant against crop diseases that are prone in the county.
They also visited Sir Ayuka dairy farm near Tanaka Hospital junction which has 22 dairy animals. The Director of the farm Mzee Ayuka said he produces 110 litres of milk per day from seven dairy animals.
Ayuka said on average he gets 18 litres per cow per day although one cow nicknamed Jalang’o produces 23litres per day. He uses milking machines to milk the animals.
Dr Osia said plans are in the pipeline to upgrade dairy animals in Busia County to increase milk production, adding that the move will
Earlier, the USAID team paid a courtesy call on Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi. He thanked the Agency for supporting various programs in different parts the county.
“KEPHIS as an implementer has played an integral role in production of quality seeds, fertilizer and improving the quality of animal feed. We must improve on our people’s well-being by changing our diet to include indigenous foods and orphaned fruits that USAID has been improving,” he said.