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2nd Annual Farmers Field Day

Date: 18 - 19th September, 2015
Theme: "Unleashing Meru County Potential Through Technology for Commercialized Farming”

 

About the Farmers Day

One of Kenya Methodist University’s Objectives is to participate in Community Service through provision of continuing education, conduct research, participation in external services, provision of specialist consultative or referral services, facilitation of Community Empowerment, promotion of fairness and natural justice and maintenance of good neighborliness with the community.

The Department of Agriculture of Kenya Methodist University is mandated to train transformational leaders who are well grounded in areas of Rural Development, Market Analysis, Agribusiness advisory, Agricultural Economics, Agri-financing and Community Development. To achieve this, the department manages the University Farm which is expected to become model farm used for University demonstrations and training.

Since 2014, KeMU has opened the gates of the KeMU Farm to the farmers in Meru County for an annual event called KeMU Farmers’ Day. Toward this end, KeMU has collaborated with over 100 national and international stakeholders who are key players and development agencies to create a platform to showcase advances in agricultural technologies and market opportunities for farmers in Meru County. The event aims at unleashing the County potential through technology for commercialized farming.

Goals and Objectives of KeMU Farmers Day

  1. Create market opportunities for small scale farmers by linking them with potential markets within and outside Meru County.
  2. To facilitate development of strategic business partnerships between input suppliers, business service providers and small scale farmers for economic growth of Meru County.
  3. To leverage on technology for increased agricultural productivity and incomes for small holder farmers.
  4. To integrate women and youth along mainstream value chains for commercialized agriculture.

Some agricultural challenges that the Farmer day will address include:

  1. Post harvest losses
  2. Low productivity
  3. Low investment in Agriculture
  4. Use of inappropriate farming technologies
  5. Poor market linkages
  6. Low levels of value additions
  7. Poor linkages between farmers and business service providers (Banks, insurance, inputs suppliers…)

importantParticipants and Targeted Areas



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