Forget beans, njahi gives me better deal

Martha Gatura in her farm in Tigania, Meru County. LEOPOLD OBI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • I have been growing njahi over the years and the returns are high compared to maize and normal beans. Last season I harvested 1,350kg of dolichos, which is 14 90kg bags.
  • The problem was that when I started, I had very little information on the crop. The person who encouraged me did not tell me much. To her, growing njahi was no different from farming normal beans.
  • Armed with the knowledge, I planted the njahi in 2011 and harvested 13 bags from my 1.5 acre farm. This encouraged me as I earned Sh70,000 as each 90kg bag went for Sh5,500.

When a friend advised me to ditch maize for dolichos beans (njahi) in 2010, I was confident that that would be the best thing for me.

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