Regenerative farming is a new concept for many farmers around the world. In an industry that has become overly reliant on chemical inputs, reducing artificial intervention via pesticides and salt nutrients may seem counterproductive. However, there are very real benefits to this approach. This is why it was essential for Andermatt to showcase the potential of a natural approach to farming from seed through to harvest – through a crop demo in Kenya this year.
Farming practices around the world are heavily supported by chemistry, from control of pests and diseases through to nutritional support that is derived from processed salt. What began as a method of increasing yields in the 1930s has now become an industry norm. However, this artificial model is reliant on harmful chemical pesticides, and the end product lacks the nutritional benefits that nature intended.

We are helping farmers rediscover the value in natural solutions, and providing them with a framework to produce healthy and sustainable yields to feed an ever-increasing population. With this in mind, we set out to demonstrate the impact that Andermatt’s program of Soil and Plant Health products have on crops, and the results that can be achieved should farmers switch from conventional to regenerative farming.

The crop demo platform was set up by Andermatt Kenya in March 2023 and the first planting was done in April 2023 to coincide with the long rains. The demo was set up to represent both small scale key crops and broad acre key crops to ensure that we could present data that is relevant to farmers across Kenya, when compared to the control and their current practices.

From dressing seeds with beneficial microbes, to plant health biostimulants and pest and disease control through biocides – the demo highlights the efficacy of our approach, where nature guides innovation, to farmers across East Africa.

The Andermatt Demo provides us with a physical platform from which to tell the Andermatt story, and to show the impact of our products.
A regenerative approach encompasses more than just the utilization of biologicals. In combination with other practices, a regenerative system optimizes resources (ie nutrient and water availability), contributing to stronger, healthier crops which are more resilient and stress tolerant. This ultimately improves the sustainability of farms, mitigating negative environmental factors that are beyond a growers control.

Through television and the power of the internet, we are able to share our message – that regenerative farming is the future – to millions of people on our continent, with data that backs
our cause.

Hamish Ker
Commercial Manager: Kenya and Eastern Africa