Kenyan farmers turn to organic farming for better yields
Three years ago, Judith Mumbua noticed that the use of commercial fertilizers was creating problems for both her crops and the dirt on her farm in the village of Mwania in eastern Kenya.
Now she’s gone organic, which she says has created a more positive outcome and a healthier way to farm. It’s even better for her cattle, she says.
Mumbua started organic farming after a training program at a local agricultural organization. She admitted that this farming method has helped her reduce antimicrobial resistance in her plants for several years.
Organic farming or ecological farming is basically the use of green manures, compost, organic farming and organic fertilizers derived from animal waste. According to Mumbua, the method has increased the quality and production of his food.
Mumbua advises farmers to try making biological medicines for crops using locally available materials such as leaves, chicken droppings, cow dung, goat and sheep droppings and even tree ash. kitchen wood.
A longtime supporter of organic farming is small-scale farmer Peter Melonye, who lives in neighboring Kajiado County. He has been feeding his cattle organic feed for 18 years. Melonye says her cattle produce quality milk that is free of chemicals and antimicrobial resistant strains.
When a cow is injected with antibiotics and milked the next morning, the milk is not safe to drink, says Dr Dennis Bahati, a veterinarian at the African Animal Welfare Network.
People are unknowingly consuming a lot of antibiotic residues, not only in milk but also in meat sold at local butchers without expert approval, reports Victor Moturi for Radio France Internationale.