They were also guided on the need to ensure effective cane management since payment of cane will be based on sucrose content.
By: Vilinga Concepta and Namachanja Bridgit.
Sugarcane farmers from Ndivisi have been urged to embark on delivering their produce to Nzoia Sugar Company as they used to do in the previous years.
The farmers were at the same time asked to apply for fertilizer available at the factory stores at subsidized prices.
While addressing cane farmers at Sinoko farmers’ demo held at Sinoko Polytechnic on Thrusday 13th July, 2015, area manager Eastern Region Mr. Jeremiah Masibo said a weighbridge is under construction at Makhese and thus will be a resource to the famers by reducing transportation costs.
Further, the farmers were guided on the need to ensure effective cane management since payment of cane will be based on sucrose content.
Masibo also asked the farmers to plant sugarcane varieties with high sucrose content yield to realize handsome profits from their produce.
During the event, stakeholders argued the farmers to weed their cane as per the specified schedules of the demo in order to add value to cane hence increase the sucrose content. Mixed farming was also encouraged especially livestock farming.
He also highlighted the great achievements that the company has made in supporting the people within Bungoma County through corporate social responsibility projects. This includes support for the education sector, youth and sports, health, water etc.
He also said that the government is in the process of expanding the company capacity and in the long run boost cane farmers agriculture activities including land preparation, fertilizer application, weeding up to harvesting.
Nzoia Sugar Company participated in the demonstration by guiding farmers how to plant different high yielding and disease resistant cane varieties. Further NSC provided tents, chairs, P.A system, a roadshow and refreshments towards the same.
Other organizations that participated in the event include: Kenya Seed Company, Simlaw Company, Women groups within the County, USAID Kenya, Mkopa Solar and the Sinoko Polytechnic.