Andermatt, a prominent Swiss agricultural manufacturer specializing in biological solutions, has made a significant move towards expanding its operations in the region by establishing a new office in Kenya.
With a core focus on providing natural remedies for soil improvement, pest control, and disease management, Andermatt aims to address the pressing challenges faced by farmers in the area.
Located in Naivasha, the company’s Kenyan office will serve as a hub for its regional activities, strategically positioning itself to cater to the needs of local farmers. Additionally, Andermatt plans to establish a state-of-the-art breeding facility in the area, dedicated to the production of beneficial insects for agricultural purposes.
“The Phytoseiulus persimilis feeds on red spider mites, and consumes up to five adults or twenty eggs a day providing an effective biological control instead of spraying chemicals”, said Hamish Ker, Andermatt Regional Commercial Manager, in Naivasha during a visit to the facility.
This strategic decision by Andermatt highlights the company’s commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural practices, while also reflecting the growing demand for natural solutions in Kenya and the surrounding region.
By setting up a physical presence in Kenya, Andermatt aims to leverage local expertise and resources, fostering collaboration with farmers, researchers, and agricultural stakeholders. This approach will facilitate the development and delivery of innovative solutions that promote long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
Currently, the facility produces Phytoseiulus mites that are harvested daily for introduction in farms across Kenya to combat the destructive red spider mite, especially in flowers.
It targets producing up to 20 million phytoseiulus per week.
As the world grapples with climate change and food security challenges, Ker said there is need to revert to regenerative and sustainable agriculture systems to enhance soil and plant health for safe, improved farm productivity.
As Andermatt embarks on its regional expansion, it is poised to make a significant impact on the agricultural sector in Kenya, offering farmers access to cutting-edge biological solutions that can enhance productivity while minimizing the use of harmful chemicals.
With its expertise and commitment to sustainable farming practices, Andermatt is well-positioned to contribute to the growth and success of the agricultural industry in Kenya, ultimately benefiting both farmers and the environment.
According to the spokesperson, incorporating natural solutions into pest control and plant nutrition will not only enhance their effectiveness but also lead to cost savings. This approach aims to reduce reliance on conventional chemical interventions and salt fertilizers, promoting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural system.
To showcase the potential benefits of their methods, Andermatt has established a demo farm where various crops are cultivated. Maize, sukuma, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, wheat, sorghum, sunflower, and millet—some of Kenya’s most popular crops—are grown as part of a controlled experiment.
The objective is to demonstrate how mass root stimulation and soil conditioning techniques can significantly boost productivity with minimal investment required.
By implementing these innovative approaches, Andermatt aims to highlight the positive outcomes that can be achieved through natural solutions, thereby encouraging farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.
The results of this ongoing experiment have the potential to revolutionize agricultural practices in Kenya and beyond, providing valuable insights into maximizing crop yields while minimizing input costs.