Mexico headquartered social enterprise firm Sistema.bio has made known its plans to impact 100,000 farmers in Kenya after receiving USD 12 Mn worth of investment from several venture capitals and impact commercial investors.
The firm aims to drive eco agricultural activities in Kenya through assembling biodigester technology that will eventually impact farmers as they will save money.
Sistema.bio enables farmers to use biogas to cook instead of buying the LP gas and they are fertilising their garden with biol, the vegetable harvested enables them to feed their families. They can sell the excess harvests on the local markets.
Visiting Sistema.bio Co-Founder and CEO, Alex Eaton stated that the investment will help boost Kenyan farmers’ yields and cut on the cost they spend. “Farmers can save a lot of money and through the use of the technology,” he said, adding that they can also better their soils which will eventually boost production.
Eaton, in his statement, mentioned that Kenya’s focus on food security within the Big Four Agenda creates enormous opportunities for agricultural investments and clean energy.
“Sistema.bio is assembling the biodigester technology locally, creating employment opportunities for hundreds of Kenyans, while educating farmers on the use of organic fertilizers in their farms, directly supporting the SDGs and the Big Four Agenda,” Alex said.
He further called on Kenyans to opt for green energy which he said is available and affordable.
“Part of the reason as to why we started in Kenya is that this is a very dynamic market and its quick to adopt innovation, but we plan to expand to other East African countries in the near future,” said the Co-Founder and Chief Executive officer Alex Eaton.
The firm, launched in Kenya in 2017, operates in North America, Asia and Africa. It currently has operations in five Kenyan counties: Meru, Kiambu, Kericho, Bomet and Uasin Gichu.
“Globally, East Africa represents our fastest growing market. In the last one and a half years of operations in East Africa, Sistema.bio Kenya has impacted the lives of over 12,000 farmers in five counties,’’ Alex said.
A World Bank report indicates that farmers perceive higher crop yields, reduced fuel consumption, and better overall economic performance with the use of biodigesters.
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