Organic farming beats conventional method, new finding shows

Lydia Karegi, a smallholder farmer in Kiereni village in Chuka, tried a number of farming practices in an effort to get better harvests but her yields kept dwindling year after the other.

Lydia, like most conventional farmers, ploughed her two-acre farm, applied a little compost manure and synthetic fertilisers then let her crops grow.

Lydia was among eight farmers in Kiereni village who was selected to participate in the study where they are required to organically grow their crop. Though she grows the crops for own consumption, she has cut her expenditure by 45 per cent.

Although it took over a year to see the results, Lydia says production has risen.