Amiran launches – Amiran Acre kit
Curtains came up on Amiran Kenya Limited’s new technology, the Amiran Acre Kit on 9th August 2012 during the Agribusiness Expo 2012 held in Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) in Nakuru. The Acre Kit officially launched by Naivasha MP, Honourable John Mututho, who chairs the Parliamentary select committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, provides farmers with a complete set of solutions that help them attain higher and better quality yields.
Amiran Acre Kit
This easy to use kit contains a first of its kind gravity-fed irrigation system serving up to 4,000 square meters (1 Acre), accessories such as filters and valves, a water tank, top quality grain seeds, fertilizers, agro0chemicals, a knapsack sprayer, personal protective gear, installation and basic operational and agribusiness training. The kit that is fitted with the best components for farming is ideal for all regions with a big boost going towards farmers in Arid and Semi-arid areas where water is not sufficient for agriculture.
The 1 acre irrigation system which serves as the anchor for the Amiran Acre Kit will greatly contribute to water conservation among small scale and medium scale farmers, since the drip irrigation method has been proven to be the most environmentally friendly, water conservative method of irrigation using only 30 percent of the amount of water used in existing methods of irrigation.
According to Yariv Kedar, Amiran’s Deputy Managing director and among the experts who invented the kit, the new technology is expected to improve on the situation and raise the level of grain and pulses output production including orphaned crops and cash crops such as cotton, pyrethrum, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, sunflower and more. Most farmers who are rain dependent and only produce once and rarely twice in a year, can now triple their yield by producing 3 times annually.
Speaking during the tour around the crop demonstration site at the agribusiness expo where Amiran had put up an Acre Kit, Honourable Mututho championed the kit terming it as ‘a technology applied for the benefit of food security’ while at the same time encouraging farmers to embrace modern technology that is not subject to weather patterns.
Honourable Mututho urged all to hold agriculture in high esteem, stating that anything that affects agriculture will affect the country directly.