In 2019 our Agent for Kenya, Bear Machines West Africa Ltd. was awarded an exclusive contract to import hybrid cocoa seeds from Ghana and to use our 100% organic, liquid, microbial bio-fertilisers from Thailand to grow the cocoa seeds and create 100% organic cocoa plantations, starting off with 10,000 acres of cocoa trees in Year 1.
The cocoa plantations that will grow 10,000 acres of cocoa trees and produce 100% organic cocoa were identified in 2021 and 2022. The plan is to increase this to 20,000 acres in Year 2.
The project includes building a factory in Busua County with the capacity to process 18,000-30,000 MT of cocoa beans. The Kenyan government has ordered 283,202 litres of the bio-fertilisers for the initial stage of the project through K.A.L.R.O. to supply the production of cocoa in the counties of Kilifi and Busua, which are two of the at least eleven cocoa-growing areas in Kenya. This order is for the first quarter of the year. We will produce approximately 5,000 acres in each county in Year 1 and then increase this to 10,000 acres in each county in Year 2. The area will increase each year and expand into other cocoa-growing counties.
2. Related to (1) Above: Mr. Gary Stubley, Managing Director of Bear Machines West Africa Ltd., and Mr. Amason Kingi, the Governor of Kilifi County, Kenya, Sign an MOU to Start Commercial 100% Organic Cocoa Farming.
On 20th March 2019 Mr. Gary Stubley, Managing Director of Bear Machines West Africa Ltd., and Mr. Amason Kingi, the Governor of Kilifi County signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop cocoa farming in Kilifi County. Governor Amason Kingi said the 100% organic cocoa farming project using Bio-Plant and Pro-Plant, 100% organic, liquid bio-fertilisers would transform the livelihoods of local farmers. The project is dubbed “Cocoa for New and Sustainable Livelihoods (Consul)”. Click here for further information.
3. Related to (1) Above: Mr. Gary Stubley, Managing Director of Bear Machines East Africa Ltd., and Mr. Sospeter Ojaamong , the Governor of Busia County, Kenya, Sign an MOU to Start Commercial 100% Organic Cocoa Farming.
Busia County is among the first cocoa regions in the world to grow exclusively 100% organic cocoa. The Kilimo Sasa Fund (KSF) was on Thursday given the green light to re-generate (climate-smart) sustainable agriculture and organic cocoa farming in Busia County under the project name: Cocoa for New and Sustainable Livelihoods (CONSUL).
Busia joins Kilifi County, the only other region in the country, where the Fund has been undertaken but on a pilot basis. (See Section 3. below.)
Busia Governor Mr. Sospeter Ojaamong signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Fund to introduce 100% organic cocoa farming and bio-organic farming in the county.
KSF’s Board of Trustees chairman Mr. Gary Roy Stubley signed on behalf of the Fund. He was witnessed by Director Levi Byamukama while the Chief Officer for Agriculture Ruth Mukhongo was the Governor’s witness.
Governor Ojaamong said the importation of chemical fertilizers has striped soils of nutrients thus leading to low yields in counties like Busia where agriculture is the mainstay.
“Bio-organic fertilizer is the way to go; I welcome the promotion of organic fertilizer in the county since it minimizes desertification and global change,” he said.
Mr. Byamukama said Busia was picked for the pilot project because of its perfect climatic conditions required to grow cocoa.
“There is also a need for an alternative cash crop to enhance the livelihoods of the people of Busia County,” he said.
Busia County covers slightly over 400,000 acres; Byamukama said they are targeting 25 percent of the County to ensure not less than 50,000 tonnes of cocoa beans per crop. That is a whooping US$110 Million (Ksh.11 Billion) going into the farmers’ pockets in one crop.
Currently, the world market cocoa beans’ price is US$2,200 / Tonne (Ksh 220 / kilogram). The average yield of cocoa bushes is approximately 500 kgs. of beans per acre per year.
1. 100% Organic Tomato Farming Project in Katsina State. 1,000 Tomato Farmers are delighted by their 100% organic farming tomato crop results. From June to September 2019 1,000 tomato farmers participated in the Private Outgrower Scheme, which was organized by Agro Alala Nigeria Plc. and supervised by our Agent for Nigeria, Salad Greenhouse (Worldwide) Ltd.
The project involved growing tomatoes 100% organically with the liquid bio-fertilisers, Salad Green Bio-Plant and Salad Green Pro-Plant, which are manufactured in Bangkok, Thailand by Artemis & Angel Co. Ltd., and it was designed to train farmers how to carry out organic farming so that they can eradicate the use of agrochemicals. There were some challenges during the project, such as a shortage of rain and poor soil preparation, which resulted in some minor pest problems, but neem oil was used to deal successfully with the pests.
At harvest time the farmers were very happy with the results. The tomatoes were much larger and sweeter, and their yields were beyond their expectations – generally around 50% higher. Their yields before the project were poor. The farmers said that the use of chemical inputs had ruined their soil and that their yields were barely enough to feed their families. Indeed, the soil used for the project was very pale and dusty, to begin with, but by the end of the project, the soil had started to change noticeably.
2. 100% Organic Farming Rice Field Test in Borkono, Kujama, Kaduna State, Nigeria Increases the Yield Several Times. Manir Jada of Salad Greenhouse Worldwide Ltd. carried out a 100% organic farming field test on rice for farmers in Borkono, Kujama, Kaduna State from June to October 2018. on one acre of land. The farmers produced 3.2 tonnes, which compares to their normal yield of between half a tonne and a tonne, if they were lucky.
3. 100% Organic Farming Rice Field Test in Danhono II, Unguwan Rimi Axis via River Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria Increases the Yield Several Times. Manir Jada of Salad Greenhouse Worldwide Ltd. carried out a 100% organic farming field test on rice for farmers in Danhono II, Unguwan Rimi Axis via river Kaduna, Kaduna State from June to October 2018. on one acre of land. The farmers produced 3.5 tonnes, which compares to their normal yield of between half a tonne and a tonne in a good year.
4. 100% Organic Farming with Bio-Plant and Pro-Plant, Cucumber Field Test in Akwai, Ibom State, Nigeria: The farmers said that the cucumbers were much larger than when they grew cucumbers with chemicals; they tasted better; they looked fresher; and the quality was better.
5. Bio-chemical Farming Maize Field Test in Karfe Town, Suleja, Niger State, Nigeria: The farmers almost doubled their yield after just one crop. Normally, they only produced an average of 35 bags of maize per hectare, but this test produced 60 bags per hectare. Also, the farmers had no problems with insect pests unlike when they used chemicals.
6. 100% Organic Farming Rice Field Test in Taraba State – Pro-Plant Used Only: The farmers said that their crop yield was more than they ever got with Urea and NPK. Also, their costs were very much lower because they only needed one litre of Pro-Plant per hectare.