Sorghum and millets grain quality analysis and variety field evaluation
The implementation of SOMNI Project Year 2 (PY2) activities progressed well in the 8 target counties in Kenya and 9 districts in Tanzania. The implementation was in partnership with the County and District ministries of agriculture, livestock and fisheries. Data collection, analysis and reporting on the baseline indicators was undertaken during the reporting period. This shed light on the status of the value chains, farmers’ skills and knowledge which were enhanced through trainings on good agronomic practices, crop management, harvesting and post-harvest management, and value addition. The project beneficiaries and project crops’ value chain stakeholders had the opportunity to interact with new varieties and hybrids of sorghum, pearl and finger millets and they provided their inputs by participating in variety and hybrid selection at the set trials. In addition, alternative avenues for the utilization of these cereals were identified and will continue to be developed for impact and long-term sustainability.