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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

FARMIS plays host to visiting USAID team

By Martin Murangiri
The Farm Records Management Information System (FARMIS) on January 14, 2015 played host to a team from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The team was led by Irene Andanyi a communication officer with USAID. She was accompanied by Susan Nkirote and Victor Mirori both of them Meru-based field staff of the Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KFIE).
The team was particularly interested in learning how FARMIS has assisted farmers grow economically as well as enabling them access credit services from the financial institutions.  They met Sokopepe officials and a few beneficiaries who were interviewed. Two farmers, Hilda Gitobu and Joseph Munyua received the visitors on their farms.
The farmers explained that keeping records is a thing they have never done before but appreciated the efforts made by Sokopepe to help them keep records.
”Sijawahi kuwa na vitabu vya ukulima wala kuweka mahesabu ya shamba langu hapo mbeleni,lakini kwa sasa naeza jua ni mmeagani unaleta faida Zaidi ya mwingine(I have never kept farm records  before. Thanks to Sokopepe since I can now tell which crop is doing well than the other from the records),” explained Lucy Gatobu a farmer from Kainginyo.
About 2,000 farmers in five sub-counties in Meru namely: Buuri, Central Imenti, North Imenti, South Imenti and Tigania West are applying the FARMIS innovation.
The KFIE has supported various agricultural innovations funded by USAID, one of them being FARMIS, which is rolled out by a social enterprise company called Sokopepe affiliated to Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN).
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