Saturday, 1 March 2014

Modern Agriculture Technology in Kenya: Highland Arrowroot Technology can earn Ksh 293,330

Highland arrowroot technology is the name for the modern agriculture technology in Kenya which enables growing of the crop where there is no River .Use of the highland arrowroot technology is a great breakthrough, modern agriculture technology in Kenya from KARI Katumani. The method is replacing the tradition of growing the crop only in the river valleys with speed. One acre will accommodate 29,333 plants which will yield one tuber each giving a total of 29,333 tubers sold@ Ksh 10 will give Ksh 293,333 gross income/ acre in 6-8 months. Today indigenous tubers are in the class of high value crops in Kenya and enjoy good market prices as a result of increased consumptions of the tubers for breakfast and as snacks. There is great consumer awareness on healthy eating habits. This has led to rapid increase in urban market share for the root crops.

Traditionally the tuber is grown in the river valleys where there is plenty of water.Many river valleys have dried up due to global warming and climate change. Employment of modern agriculture technology in Kenya especially highland arrowroot technology is hardy as climate adaptation method. Yes, it is now possible to grow arrow roots where there is no river by creating the same conditions as in the river valleys using highland arrowroot technology a modern Agriculture technology in Kenya. The work involves planting the crop in trenches 60 cm deep, 1 metre wide and any desired length. The trench is lined with heavy gauge polythene paper and filled with soil manure mixture at a ratio of 2:1 or a rate of one wheelbarrow of manure per metre square.

Being a leading modern agriculture technology in Kenya, highland arrowroot technology involves excavating trenches spaced at 0.5 metres. Plant the suckers in a spacing of 30cm by 30cm burying the plant up to 20 cm, and water thoroughly. Mulch the area when planting unless it’s the rainy season. Water once a week to maintain wetness. Old and dry leaves should be removed regularly. Keep the plot free of weeds.  The crop will be ready for harvesting in a period of 6 to 8 months.