Modern farm machinery introduced in Mwea
A Japanese company – MOL has carried out field demonstrations on its efficient and modern tractors as part of the ongoing mechanized rice farming process at the Mwea Irrigation Scheme, Kirinyaga County .
The machines which impressed the farmers during the one day demonstration held within the vast irrigation scheme yesterday are modern, efficient and cost effective according to MOLs Project Manager Mikio Oyama.
MOL's Project Manager Mikio Oyama with one modern and efficient cost effective rotavators which were on demonstration at the Mwea Rice Framers Irrigation scheme ,Kirinyaga County yesterday
Oyama which was part of the technical team at the scheme when the demonstrations were taking place, said the machines were lighter as compared to others which get stuck into clay soils while preparing the land.
“Our machines are modern, efficient, economic and easier to operate and ideal for the Mwea Irrigation scheme as compared to others in the market ,”Oyama said .
Accompanied by senior MOL officials during the demonstration Oyama said his company had also produced a rice crop weeding machine which can even be operated by one .
MOLs Nairobi Head office in-charge of Logistics Srikaanth Sreenivasan who was also present said users of the machinery were guaranteed of sales and after sales services .
The company Managing Director for the Karasawa Agricultural Machinery Services which produce the MOL equipment Mr Takeyuki Karasawa personally carried out the mini combine harvester demonstration at the fields to the applause by the farmers present .
He also said the company’s technical division would be available to provide training to all the farmers who bought the modern machinery .
A farmer from the scheme Michael Muchiri said he was impressed by the high efficiency of the machines and their cost effectiveness.
Muchiri said other than the good performance on the clay soils , the machines were easier to operate especially the mini combine harvester .
A fleet of the modern , cost effective and efficient rotavators which were put on demonstration at the Mwea rice irrigation scheme . The machines are being retailed in the country by MOL company
“The weeding machine for the rice fields is so simple to operate such that even young children can handle it with ease, as we move towards full mechanization of rice farming in our scheme, “he said.
The scheme started in 1956 produces about 80,000 metric tons of paddy rice and this is scheduled to be dubbed once the two crops per year program is introduced at the completion of the Thiba mega dam.
Mechanization of the scheme will also improve on production of the grain , according to Oyama.