“I am a barley farmer in Kuresoi, Molo in Nakuru county and I have grown Canola since 2015. Canola is an amazing crop, besides having a ready market; I have found it very effective in management of grass weeds such as brome, and rye grass. I also found out that the soil becomes soft with much more humus. Amazingly and what I like best, there is an increase in barley production in the field where canola was harvested."
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The Canola Story
Canola/Rapeseed is an essential crop in the rotation.
It has numerous benefits for the farmer, including its resistance to cereal diseases, its rooting structure and many others. It is well established as a commercial crop worldwide.
Agventure Ltd started processing canola in 2010, and in 2012 established a project with Unilever to grow canola for the New BlueBand project. Unilever’s interest focused on the possibilities for canola to be a great success story in terms of promoting agricultural sustainability, while boosting local supplies of raw materials in line with its Global Sustainable Sourcing objectives.
The stated objective for the field officers is to offer a holistic approach – supporting the farmer across all his crops rather than just on the focus crop. This is to build rapport and faith that the welfare of the farmer is the primary objective rather than taking a single crop approach which ultimately would not be successful.
At the end of the cycle the Center of Excellence for Crop Rotation has a market guarantee for farmers growing the crop. In future this may broaden to other crops as the rotation story grows to meet factory production goals.
What farmers are saying
“Canola is like a chisel plough, it helps break the hard pan and allows water to infiltrate deep in the soil. Further I have noted that the weeds are less in the crop after canola. I have seen improvement of barley and wheat yield in fields where I have grown Canola. Rotation with Canola is the way to go for every barley/wheat farmer."
“Sustainable farming methods have the potential to increase yields considerably, mitigate the effects of climate change and provide economic and social benefits to farmers, their families, and the surrounding communities. Participating local farmers will benefit from and contribute to economic development and sustainable farming practices in Kenya.”
“We have 25% more moisture retained in the top metre of soil, which means when there's drought, I have that head start to see me through. The roots are going deeper, and the soil's much healthier. Once the crops are in, they are much more resilient to weeds, insects, diseases, low rainfall. They just keep going"
broadacre farmers within the first 3 years
Improved hectarage of broadacre farmers under rotation crops
net income increase per farmer
The concept focuses on the following:
- Elimination or reduction of ploughing exercises which disrupt the soils natural processes
- Preservation of soil resulting in reduced erosion and better water conservation
- Increased use of rotational crops to break the cycle of disease
- A focus on promoting and boosting biological activity and diversity
- More opportunistic farming – fewer fixed dates and more season-based cropping decisions
A key aspect of Conservation Agriculture is that rotational crops not only must be used; but that they must become part of the economic cycle for the farm. If performed correctly, Conservation Agriculture results in lower cost of production and better long term sustainability for the farming system.