The winners of the 2016 National Farmers Awards have been announced with this year’s list showing a growing interest in innovation, embracing of best practices and involvement of more women and youth in sustainable farming.
The award scheme, an initiative of Elgon Kenya, national and county government, has grown in stature, number of participants and categories since it was started in 2013, becoming an important event in the farming calendar.
According to Nelson Maina, the head of communication at Elgon Kenya, this year’s event attracted the highest number of participants in the event’s calendar with those who took part being spread across the country. “We are glad the award scheme is transforming agriculture through mentorship, and farmers learning from each other, ultimately steering the country into food sufficiency. It is what we envisioned the award to achieve,” Mr. Maina said. The award has also attracted a pool of sponsors top among them BASF.
The winners will be officially awarded at a gala dinner on November 4 2016 at the Laico Regency Hotel.
Below is the list of the winners and the counties they come from.
Small scale farm gearing to commercialization
Ngarama Farm Nakuru
Dim Com Eden Villa Farm Laikipia
Nembure Farm Embu
Small Scale farms fully commercialized
Miare Dairy Farm Nairobi
Prof. Charles C. Ngugi Kirinyaga
Kebeneti Farm Kericho
Large scale fully commercialized
Maakiou Estate Nairobi
Macheo Farm Ltd Transnzoi
Keiyian Farmers Narok
Small scale agro-input dealers
Munyambu Farmers Pride Bungoma
Njoro animal Feeds Nakuru
K.Sunrise Farm Supplies Laikipia
Large scale agro-input dealers
Enochem Agrovet Kisii
Bungoma Chemist Bungoma
Nyarkadera Agrovet Migori
Women in Agriculture
DAIPO Farm Kirinyaga
Ruth Muthoni Ikaru Muranga
Beatrice Adala Omwela Vihiga
Youth in Agriculture
Gilbert Kipchirchir Lagat Uasin Gishu
Jonah Kipkporos Sigei Nandi
Stanley Kipkorir Tonui Kericho
Physically challenged persons in Agriculture
Michael Ochieng Laro Kisumu
Consolata Ngugi Nyeri