John is a 50-year-old medium-scale farmer, who owns 18 acres of land in Tugen Estate, Sergoit location of Uasin-Gishu County. His current farm enterprises consist of dairy, poultry, wheat and maize. He has been in the farming business for the last 25 years.
He sometimes leases an additional 20 acres of land to increase maize and wheat production. His current annual production ranges from 10-15 bags of wheat and up to 30 bags of maize per acre. In his dairy operation, he has 6 dairy cows and practices partial zero grazing. He gets an average of 13 litres of milk per day. For the last 25 years, John has experienced low yields in maize and wheat due to low soil fertility, low market prices, pest and diseases, and the high cost of inputs. John’s plan is to specialize in dairy and poultry farming.
His vision is to have 15 dairy cows, producing an average of 100 kg of milk per day. In poultry, he is planning to increase his current 50 indigenous chickens to more than 150 in order to reduce the cost of production and increase profits. He also wants to access finance from a financial institution to replace his old tractor of more than 30 years. To help John achieve his goals, the accelerator provided a comprehensive soil analysis on his farm and recommendations to improve soil fertility.