Rongo University is the first University to have a soil analysis laboratory in Nyanza and the Western regions.
The Sh23 million facility was constructed through government sponsorship under National Research Fund (NRF).
The laboratory project is aimed at supporting farmers in the region in doing proper soil research before planting.
Our people need to understand the type of soils, what needs to be done with the soils and what needs to be added to increase productivityPS Nabukwesi
This comes after various soil-related challenges have been experienced by farmers in the region, resulting in low crop yields
The soil analysis results will also help in deciding on the most preferred seeds to be planted based on soil composition.
Speaking during the launch, University Education and Research Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi stated that the facility will help in giving appropriate advice to farmers.
The PS noted that the scientific findings will help in maintaining food production and security.
The NRF key focus is on empowering universities in researching to help farmers in sustainable food productionPS Nabukwesi
“Our people need to understand the type of soils, what needs to be done with the soils and what needs to be added to increase productivity,” he said.
Nabukwesi also said that the main focus of NRF is to empower universities in carrying out various research programmes.
Such research he said will bring solutions that have a great impact on the socio-economic lives of local people.
“The NRF key focus is on empowering universities in researching to help farmers in sustainable food production,” said the PS.
Rongo University Vice-Chancellor professor Samuel Gudu also noted that the institution will encourage farmers to bring their soil samples for lab analysis.
He further stated they will also ensure the farmers are advised accordingly on the best ways to improve their output.
“We have allowed farmers to sample their soil and bring it to us for analysis,” said Gudu.
“We will then go back and explain to them what needs to be done to improve the yield,” he furthered.