NEED FOR INNOVATION TO HARNESS AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAIN

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To harness agriculture value chain, ownership, possessions and compassionate leadership need to be put into consideration. Farmers should take responsibility for their actions in terms of quality, productivity and make necessary investments. They need to own the farm and have passion for what they do as well as and putting in place a succession plan in order to pass on the skills to the next generation for sustainability of the project. Compassionate leaders aim at having a shared value, organising the farmers through associations, cooperatives and service providers.

Mr. Joseph Nkandu, Executive Director NUCAFE, said that, to harness the agriculture value chain, there is need for innovation, “change of mind set”.To have systematic knowledge and skills, creation of partnerships with research organisations and universities and use of targeted applications of nutrients.

He elaborated the agricultural production triangle which includes a farmer, research and market; the three must interact to bring about sustainability, sustain agility and production, and quality.

By: Leah Alupo Onyango

Relations Officer

ICPAU

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