There has been a trend to encourage organic farming to improve global food security which continues to be a concern to most 3rd world countries. Agri Flora Organic Solutions is one upcoming company trying to encourage this kind of farming.
Incorporated in 2016, the company uses fully decomposed animal and plant waste to process organic fertilizers with the main aim of providing clients with quality products in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally sound manner.
“We manufacture a slow-release fortified organic fertilizer known as Asili granulated fertilizer which has carbon-based compounds; Calcium, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Molybdenum, Selenium and many others that help improve plants quality, due to the availability of balanced nutrients, leading to increased productivity of plants under a healthy soil, and reduces toxic load by keeping chemicals out of the air, water and soil,” said Albert Kamau the startup’s director and maintenance manager.
As a company, they want to help address the problem of soil degradation which has been on the rise and provide solutions to farmers in a country which mainly depends on agriculture to achieve food security.
“Our main objective is to encourage agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity among farmers in the region and the nearby counties such as Nyandarua, Baringo and Samburu with our main target group being potato farmers,” he added.
He demystifies the misconception that organic farming is not productive by pointing to evidence of increased productivity as a result of transitioning from the low input systems normally found in third world countries.
“We have received positive feedback from farmers who use our organic fertilizers; to them, organic agriculture has drastically contributed to protecting the natural resource and environment and has ensured sustainable food production. They are certain this kind of farming will lead to full self-reliance on food in the near future,” he said.
Due to the increasing demand of their organic fertilizers, and with the help of Kenya Climate Innovation Centre(KCIC), they recently signed a financial agreement that will help them role out large scale production of fertilizers.
“We look forward to expanding our manufacturing plant because we realized many farmers are now using our products and this means we have to increase our productivity,” he added.
KCIC will provide business advisory services, support them financially and ensure they meet all their goals and objectives.