Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) is looking for young farmers growing white sorghum (Gadam and Silo Varieties) to be used in the manufacture of low-end beer like the Senator Keg. The beer made from white sorghum aims to reduce the intake of illicit brews in Kenya which is harmful to people.
Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) will provide fast maturing seeds, free extensions services and stable prices. This a big opportunity for young farmers who can benefit immensely from the steady market prices offered by Kenya Breweries Limited in an otherwise unstable area.
Senator Keg Image Source: Standard Media
The campaign has already kicked off in Western Kenya is designed to help the national government and county governments to reduce unemployment by engaging the youth in farming.
Through its extension services on fertilizer use and crop management, Kenya Breweries Limited assures farmers of getting up-to 18 bags per acre after he growing period (3 months). They will then be paid Ksh 32 per Kilo (Kg) for the white sorghum.
The firm has also partnered with Migori, Busia, Kisumu, Homa-Bay, and Siaya county governments to help farmers fight birds which eat the sorghum when they are ready for harvest. They will assist in seasonal spraying of bird nests to curb their menace.
The firm initially targeted up to 25,000 farmers to supply the sorghum but KBL Head of Engagement and Sustainability Jean Kiarie says they are pen to embracing as many small-scale farmers as possible.
Kenya Breweries Limited is set to open a Ksh 15 billion keg brewery in Kisumu next month a move that will further improve its market position.