The agriculturalists are currently among the most-sought professionals in the East African nation as Kenyans, mainly young people in urban areas, plant various horticultural crops and keep livestock.

Most of them going into these ventures are first-time farmers thus need the help of the vet technicians and agronomists.

Members of the two professions, many of whom initially waited for government employment, are now opening up their own business.

Job Theuri is among the agriculturalists in Kenya who are enjoying the current boom in the sector.
Until eight months ago, Theuri was employed by a horticultural firm that deals in seeds and irrigations kits. The agronomist, however, quit employment to go into private practice.

“I had to quit so that I can become independent. I realized that people were seeking me mainly as an individual agronomist,” he said.

“After having about 10 clients, who I would go to constantly, I decided it was time to quit. I now run my own agricultural consultancy firm,” he said.

The services he offers to his clients include setting up greenhouses, drip irrigation systems, dealing with diseases, planting, application of fertiliser and keeping of inventories.

“In a day I attend to at least two farmers whom I have signed contracts with. On some farms I go to apply foliar fertiliser while on others deal with diseases,” said the 38-year-old.

Theuri charges range from 15 U.S. dollars to 39 U.S. dollars a day depending on the services he offers.
Bernard Moina, an agricultural extension officer in western Kenya, acknowledged that increased interest in farming has given a boost to the profession.

“The government stopped employing the technicians decades ago but people were still training, not many though. However, as many people go into dairy and poultry farming, the technicians have been handed a lifeline,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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