BY PHILIP KIPROTICH
Farmers from marginalized areas in Kericho County have got a boost from the Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSAP) in bid to up their agricultural activities.
Sixty farmer groups from the marginalized areas of Soin, Sigowet, Kipkelion, Kamasian, Ainamoi and Kapsaos Wards got a shot in the arm of Sh57.7million under CSAP which is supported by World Bank.
Speaking while disbursing the funds to the groups at the Kericho County headquarters, Governor Paul Chepkwony said the move is aimed at empowering the farmers.
“Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood in Kericho County and therefore, we’re committed to partnering with development partners to support farmers in a bid to take the sector to the next level,” governor Chepkwony said.
Chepkwony revealed that the selection of the beneficiaries was done based on the Wards’ levels of marginalization and the most recent poverty index report.
The County boss said the money will go directly to the farmers groups as well as the provision of training and field extension services for the farmers.
The County administration also took steps to ensure that marginalized groups including the Talai, Ogiek, Widows, and Persons Living with Disabilities benefitted from the project.
The selected farmer groups engage in farming in the areas of dairy, indigenous poultry, sorghum, finger millet and banana farming which are considered to be climate smart as they can thrive even in the changing climatic conditions.
“Through this program which is supported by the World Bank, we aim to increase production in these key agricultural sub-sectors so as to enhance food security and reduce poverty” Chepkwony added.
Governor Chepkwony called upon all the 60 groups which have received the funds to use the resources prudently so as to achieve economic transformation.
He said his administration will continue rolling out more programs to support farmers produce the highest agricultural yields possible using modern techniques.
Meanwhile, the Kericho deputy governor Susan Kikwai has urged farmers to embrace modern technologies in a bid to increase production and benefit from the agriculture sector.
Speaking at Londiani stadium in the county during Agricultural Expo and Trade Fair, Kikwai said the county government will seek partnerships with more organizations in order to reach out to more farmers in the county and offer them the necessary training for better farming.
She assured the farmers of the county government’s support in line with ensuring the county was food secure.