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Dutch company facilitates Kenyan farmers' return to the field


Friday, 13 July 2018

Dutch company facilitates Kenyan farmers' return to the field

On Saturday 7 July a story about SoilCares technology was mentioned on Dutch national TV. The news item followed the story of Matthew Kago who provides soil testing services in Kenya with SoilCares Scanner. Kago gives farmers practical soil information directly on the field. Previously, farmers needed to go to a laboratory to get their soil tested. However, this is too expensive and too far away for many of the farmers in Kenya. SoilCares was founded in 2013 by Henri Hekman who dedicated his life work on increasing farmers’ productivity in a sustainable way. Five years ago, he sold BLGG (a company well known in the Netherlands for its soil analyzes) and used the revenue to start SoilCares. His goal is to offer farmers worldwide insight into their soil’s composition and provide them with advice on which fertiliser to use to improve the soil fertility. 60 percent increase in food production is required to feed the growing world population that is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050. Especially on the African continent, where the population is growing exponentially, production needs to increase substantially.

Source: hortidaily.com