A rain-fed rice variety has been introduced in South Nyanza.
The variety, known as Nerica 10, was brought to the region as part of government efforts to increase food production.
New Rice for Africa (Nerica) was first introduced in the country in the late 90's.
The rice is now being grown in Rongo, Awendo and Migori Districts with over 10,000 farmers targeted in the region.
Most of the rice consumed in the region currently comes from Kano in Kisumu County and Tanzania.
“The new variety is non-paddy and only depends on the natural weather pattern. It is grown like maize and is harvested four times in a year,” said Mr Michael Mekenye, Migori Crops Officer.
He said a similar variety has also been introduced in Teso and West Pokot and is performing well.
“In Migori, the government has already brought us three milling machines that can do 15 bags of 90kgs per day,” Mr Mekenye added.
According to him, the new rice variety has better returns than gold mining, cane, cotton, coffee or even fish farming which have been popular in the region.
“You spend Sh40,000 on one acre and get about Sh120,000 in return after only three months,” the official said.
Kenya Seed Company officials in the region said they have over 300,000 seeds of the new rice variety in their stores and urged farmers to collect them for planting during the on-going rainy season.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado told growers to take advantage of the new variety to increase their income.