Mukothima mission farm under father Eliud Mwenda of Mukothima parish has acquired a brand new telematic farm tractor in bid to boost farming in Tharaka.
The tractor which is the first of its kind in Africa was delivered by Alexander Mutua the managing director for New Holand tractor division in conjunction with CMC mortors kenya. This is one of 50 tractors set for distribution countrywide by the dealer in partnership with Misual invest.
Speaking during the launching ceremony at Mukothima church, Mr Mutua said the tractor issued to Mukothima has special technology unlike others. The tractor has tracking system installed making easy for the tractor’s location known.The technology also tells the hours it has operated and also the fuelling information.
Most of the tractors being issued are 75 horsepower with no turbo which makes their maintenance simple as Mutua puts it. “The tractors we are issuing in this support program are mostly the 75 horsepower and which lacks turbo. This makes their maintenance cost low compared to other tractors,” Mutua says.
New Holand dealers will be the one to facilitate the maintenance of the machines after 500 operational hours to keep them in good condition.
This acquisition of the tractor comes at a time when Mukothima mission farm has partnered with Meru University of Science and Technology to boost farming in Tharaka through training of farmers.
Father Eliud Mwenda told NewsFlash254 that they negotiated for the tractor to economically empower Tharaka people since the community is potentially fit for agriculture.”Tharaka is endowed with rich agricultural land but I realised they lack proper skills and knowledge on how to carry out farming since many depend on dry crops,” observed Father Mwenda.
He therefore urged locals to embark on water harvesting to venture in agri-business.This according to him requires support of political leaders to fund the initiative.He further called upon organised farming groups who want to get training from their farm to lias with him for arrangements.
It is a big boost to the farm and the entire community since the tractor will be carrying out several activities and not only preparing the land.Harvesting,planting and also transportation will be made easier with the new machine.