WHAT SUCCESSFUL FARMERS HAVE TO SAY...
Titus Kipkoech is a sales and marketing representative with Safi Organics. As a new employee, Titus is quick to point out that he joined Safi Organics because he shares the same vision; he too wants to eradicate poverty among rural farmers.
Titus believes that the positive team-centered culture at Safi has given him the confidence and the
motivation to work with farmers to improve crop yields sustainably. Titus knows that managing
expenditures while increasing yields is always top of mind for farmers. He often finds that potential
customers are interested in using organic fertilizer, but it takes time for farmers to trust the results.
He takes the time to show customers that organic fertilizer is truly the best fertilizer and is sustainably produced. The facts speak for themselves.
Cecilia Kogo is a farmer and a proud mother of four. It is a family affair at Kipchamo Farm that grows maize as well as raises poultry and dairy cows. The last few years have been very challenging for farmers but with the guidance on farming best practices offered by Safi Organics Cecilia believes there will be great strides made in local farming. Kipchamo Farm recently converted from synthetic to organic fertilizer. Cecilia tells us that synthetic fertilizer leaches into the soil which increases the acidity of the soil.
In just a few months, she has already seen the benefits of using organic fertilizer noting that it has been very good at enriching the soil that had been degraded due to the long use of synthetic fertilizer on the farm. “I am encouraged and very pleased to be an organic farmer”.
Davis is Safi’s Quality Assessment Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry. In his opinion, “a major shift is happening from synthetic chemicals farming towards organic farming”. However, he believes that more research and documented best practices methods in farming are needed. This will accelerate the shift from farming for consumption to farming for commercial purposes.
Davis is confident that Safi Organics will be the go-to fertilizer supplier for many farmers who wish to be competitive based on safe food production. Organic fertilizer is the farming practice of the future. “Together we will use technology to decentralize, manufacture and sell high-yielding organic fertilizer. Many investors will seek to offer grants and buy shares with an aim of solving carbon (IV) oxide emissions.”
Kelvin grew up in a rural farming community at the foothills of Mount Kenya. Growing up he experienced first-hand how harvest after harvest and season after season the lands became less productive.
“During my college field days on the farms, I met Safi Organics. Their vision resonated with my dream of transforming lives through sustainable agriculture. I always felt that for most small-scale farmers the main obstacle to sustainable farming was a lack of access to information on farming and land management best practices. “I am now the Lead Agronomist at Safi” says Kelvin proudly.
One day I met, Milkah. When we met, she was experiencing losses in her swampy land. I quickly conducted a soil survey and a land evaluation to better understand the chemical compounds of her soil. Using Safi products, we were able to rectify the salinity issues. Milkah is now growing paddy rice. The success of farmers like Milkah fuels my desire to reach as many farmers as possible.”