East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced commercialization of the Aliciana barley variety a year after it was launched following successful trials with farmers who have reported higher yields and greater resistance to water lodging.
The launch took place during the Annual Field Day in Mau Narok, an event that brings together stakeholders within the barley value chain, to learn, share experiences and showcase their products and innovations.
Speaking during the event, Mr. David Kilesi, the Chairman of the Barley Growers Association of Kenya, heaped praise on the Aliciana barley strain.
“We have seen higher yields this season with the Aliciana variety compared to the previous varieties we had been planting. We would like to thank EABL for introducing this variety.”
EABL continues to invest heavily in research in an effort to offer production solutions to barley growers through its subsidiary East African Malting (EAML).
Lawrence Maina, the General Manager of East African Malting (EAML) – a subsidiary of EABL- reiterated EABL’s commitment to investing varieties that are beneficial to farmers in terms of improving yields and increasing their income.
“We are very happy that farmers in Narok have embraced the Aliciana variety following our launch last year. It would not have been possible for us to commercialize the variety today if it wasn’t for the success you have experienced” Mr. Main said.
EABL also launched the 8th edition of the Barley Growing Handbook as part of farmer capability building during the Field Day.
The Barley Growing Handbook summarizes the current recommendations on the barley varieties to be cultivated by farmers, seed rates, fertilizer usage, recommended insecticides, fungicides, herbicides to be used on barley and seed dressers. The recommendations in the Handbook are based on research data generated by the EAML research department and her partners.
In addition to launching the handbook, EABL reaffirmed its commitment to environmental conservation by donating a KSH 1.5 million to the Purko Trust to go towards afforestation of 1000 acres in the Mau region with the aim of planting 100, 000 tree seedlings next year.
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