OLX to help farmers test soils before planting

Online advertising site OLX has launched a soil laboratory for testing soils in agricultural rich zones. The launch comes ahead of the annual planting season.

According to OLX manager, Peter Ndiang’ui, the soil tests will establish the suitability of different types of fertiliser for given locations.

The site has partnered with Dutch-headquartered firm SoilCares Ltd to conduct the test through a mobile soil testing lab comprising a truck equipped with equipment for analysing samples to determine the nutrient levels, deficiencies, acidity and the general health.

Further, it has opened two centres in Nakuru and Nyandarua dubbed Kilimo Smart OLX centres and expect to open more units in agro-rich zones.

The testing plan comes weeks after the firm established farm input centres to help farmers’ access seeds and fertilisers bought through its platform.

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