Kenya’s manufactures are urging farmers to increase production of Soybeans and Sunflower to bridge the growing deficit.

According to Key players who manufacture edible oils, they have been forced to import the two grains from Tanzania and Uganda to sustain processing demand.

At the moment, the country is facing an acute shortage of soybeans and sunflower forcing edible oil manufacturers to import the raw materials from neighboring countries for processing.

Although the crops are drought resistant and adaptable to many ecological zones in the country, key players in the edible oil sector say the country is currently producing only 50 percent of her needs.

A company like BIDCO Africa has contracted over 25,000 small scale farmers in different parts of the country to cultivate the two crops.

The company says it currently requires over 10,000 metric tonnes of Sunflower and Soybeans annually, but local farmers only supply an estimated 5,000 metric tonnes.

Duncan Kimani is one of the contracted farmers in Kikopey in Nakuru County, “Sunflower can withstand pests and is rarely destroyed by livestock and wildlife making it a lucrative crop.”

BIDCO is looking to increase the number of contracted small-scale farmers to 50,000 by next year and expand to Kajiado, Laikipia, Taveta, Meru and Embu.

By Malachi Motano

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