The department of agriculture, livestock, and fisheries, in conjunction with KALRO and Red Cross Kenya Bomet, conducted a monitoring visit to Nogirwet irrigation farms in Chebunyo ward, Chepalungu subcounty, to check on the progress of Angaza Beans Variety grown by farmers in the area.

The collaboration between the county government of Bomet, KALRO, and the Kenya Red Cross Society has positively impacted the lives of locals by upscaling their livelihood through the issuance of High Iron Beans (HIB).

During today’s assessment, it was noted that the Angaza Variety has grown well and is expected to yield good returns during the harvest.

The variety is highly nutritious and will address both the nutritional aspect of our households as well as being a source of income. At the moment, the crop has been planted in more than 200 acres of land, and the county government, in partnership with KALRO and the Red Cross Society, aims at enhancing extension services to have more farmers grow the variety, with a target of at least 10,000 acres in use.

Nevertheless, the Nogirwet irrigation demo farm is fully developed, and high-valued seedlings are on growth, available to farmers for as low as Ksh 2 per seedling as the Department of Agriculture aims to ensure farmers get quality seedlings. Farmers will also receive further training to enhance their knowledge and experience in crop production and land preparation.