Online classifieds firm OLX has expanded its partnerships in order to help Kenyan farmers easily access farm inputs and increase yields for their produce across various regions.
Farmers are able to order the inputs through OLX and can then collect them at Kilimo Smart OLX Centres, where they can access other services such as liming and soil testing.
OLX country manager Peter Ndian'gui said farmers have previously experienced difficulties accessing farm inputs. He says OLX has formed partnerships with various companies in order to bring the project to life; adding that the smart centres will provide an opportunity for farmers to collect fertilisers across the OLX centres.
"We rolled out a plan to set up Kilimo smart centres upon realizing the key challenge farmers face is farm inputs. Most of the inputs farmers use currently, affects the soil fertility and over a period of time, they realise a decrease in yields," Ndian'gui said.
"In order to enable these farmers to generate more yields, it is important that right farm inputs are at their disposal. We are working with input partners Mavuno technology, Osho chemicals and Soil Cares to ensure farmers access quality inputs through our platform. These centres will further give them easier and faster access to these inputs once orders are placed. Our ultimate aim is to assist farmers generate more income by producing more yields than they are now."