Our Vision

To be a lead institution for universal adoption of organic agriculture”.KIOF is a pioneer and leader in organic agriculture, and is committed to seeing global adoption of organic agriculture through training in organic practices, processing of organic pesticides, manufacturing of biomedicine, and marketing of both fresh and dried organic produce and livestock.

Our Mission

To promote organic farming through training, producing, processing and marketing of organic produce for healthy lifestyle and economic empowerment

Animals Keeping Education

KIOF mission is “To promote organic farming through training, producing, processing and marketing of organic produce for healthy lifestyle and economic empowerment”

Crops Growing

Farmers get advice on how to grow different type of crops and also on how to ensure their fields remains fertile and productive all the time,using organic form of farming.

Quality pig farming

 

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Give Organic Farming a Chance

 

Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) situated in Juja was established in 1986 to encourage organic farming methods mainly among small holder farmers.

Why organic farming?

It has become apparent worldwide that intensive systems involving high inputs and chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hybrid seeds and mechanized irrigation systems are not only too costly for developing countries but are contributing to climate change, soil degradation and loss of plant diversity. After a few years of dramatic increase in yield under high external inputs, the production tails off as organic matter declines. The soil becomes lifeless, acidic and prone to erosion. Ever increasing quantities of fertilizers are then needed to maintain production. And since plants produced the chemical way lack natural health and resistance, ever increasing quantities of pesticides are needed to protect them, polluting both soil and environment and undermining the health of farm workers. Such a system achieves only temporary gains. It is not sustainable in the long run. These facts are now widely accepted internationally. Consumers and producers are seeking alternatives.

Under organic farming, a steady permanent out-put is assured. Though yields may be slightly lower in some cases, they can be maintained indefinitely. The farmer’s cost does not spiral, since little or no external outputs are required. Natural fertilizer is made from materials found on a mixed farm. In combination with various cultural methods, healthy crops are produced which have natural ability to resist pests and diseases. This system is sustainable. It can continue indefinitely, with vast savings to the national economy and improvement in national health.

The theory behind organic farming

Organic farming is not simply ‘doing away with chemicals’. It means replacing them. Based on mixed farming principles, organic farming promotes self-sufficiency in soil fertility, animal feeds and other most needed outputs.

Plants get their food from humus, the end result of the dead decaying organic matter and compost. The organic farmer collects the necessary materials from the farm. Examples include; cop residues, weeds, ash, hedge clippings, kitchen waste and animal manure. He makes compost heaps which in few weeks, under the right conditions, become food for the teeming millions of microorganisms in the soil. Microorganisms work for us by releasing minerals from soil particles as needed by the plant. Thus the plant is fed indirectly, not directly as with soluble chemical fertilizers. The slogan of organic farming is “Feed the soil not the crop”. This is the important difference between organic and conventional farming. We replace factory workers and fossil fuels by the energy of soil life which is already available- 25 tonnes in every hectare of land.

 

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