Kisumu County Government in partnership with the World Bank has today distributed farm inputs to local farmers in West Nyakach in anticipation of the long rains and in readiness for the planting season through the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).
Agricultural Farm inputs worth 2.5million were distributed. These comprises: chicken feeds, fertilizers, local and hybrid vegetable seeds such as tomatoes, kales, Knapsack sprayers, poultry feeds, fish feeds and pond linings among others.
In its endeavor to achieve food security, the County Government has allocated 30million to boost food production among 25 farmer groups within six wards in the county.
13 million was shared among these groups in May last year. The groups comprise about 30 members and are managed by a committee known as Community Driven Development Committee (CDDC).
While presiding over the distribution of farm inputs in Nyakach, the Chief Officer for Agriculture and Irrigation Dr. Paul Omanga noted that the county government has really done much toward the sustainability of different farmer groups along the three main value chain projects in the county.
Through the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), the county department of Agriculture is focusing on three main value chains namely: sorghum, cassava and chicken for agribusiness.
Dr. Omanga called on local farmers to think agribusiness and take advantage of the window of opportunity for ready market due to the opening of the Kisumu International Airport on matters export of fresh farm produce, citing the recent first export of 6tons of pepper.
Despite the harsh economic environment in the country, Dr. Omanga urged locals to invest more in Agriculture, promising that, they are confident KCSAP will support families with finances and nutritional issues. He committed to work closely with those willing to put more effort to get bumper harvest while owning the projects.
Also in attendance were: farmers groups in West Nyakach,, the Ward Administrator Mr. Benjamin Pile, the Village Administrator, Madam Elizabeth Onyango, the service providers, Mr. Brian Omondi and Mr. Levis Omondi.
By: Emily Mikwa