Trans Nzoia County Farmers Benefit from Kitty Meant to Boost Production

Trans Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba

The project is aimed at empowering small-scale farmers including those in Dairy, Chicken, Tomatoes and Banana farming to get financing, capacity building and technical support the programme started in 2018

By David Musundi In Kitale

More than 370 farmer groups in Trans Nzoia County were on Monday issued with cheques for amounts totalling Ksh. 121 Million as grants, courtesy of the World Bank through the National Agriculture and Rural Inclusive Project (NAGRIP) to boost their economic ventures.

The project is aimed at empowering small-scale farmers including those in Dairy, Chicken, Tomatoes and Banana farming to get financing, capacity building and technical support the programme started in 2018.

Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development CEC, Trans Nzoia County Maria Nzomo joins her staff and farmers who received a Ksh 121 from NAGRIP to boost agricultural production

Trans Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba who graced the issuance of the at the National Museums of Kenya in Kitale asked the National Government and other development partners to continue boosting the project kitty even after his exit from office. Mr Khaemba said his administration had pumped Ksh. 59 Million to support the project that seeks to combat poverty by empowering farmers to earn better returns through agricultural production.

I’m challenging our leaders from this county seeking to be elected to the national assembly and the senate to work closely with whoever will pick the mantle from me as governor to help improve the agricultural sector- Governor Khaemba

The County boss challenged leaders, especially those that will be elected to represent the County in the National Assembly and the Senate to institute fresh policies that will be favourable for the growth of agriculture in the county to make the region produce more for both domestic and commercial purposes.

‘’ I’m challenging our leaders from this county seeking to be elected to the national assembly and the senate to work closely with whoever will pick the mantle from me as governor to help improve the agricultural sector ‘’, he said. He said that other projects initiated under his administration had succeeded; Mr Khaemba challenged those pointing fingers at his administration to seek to do more if elected to the office. Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock CEC Maria Nzomo said that under the five years of its implementation the County of Trans Nzoia remained among the best performing in the whole county.

‘’ Our County was ranked number two in 2019 and 2020 out of the 21 implementing counties. We managed to scoop position three in 2021 and this year according to the International Mission Support program nude World Bank’’, she said. Mrs Nzomo was invited to speak after the governor said the project targeted 20 electoral wards out of the 25 in the county.

The whole aim is to increase agricultural production through community participatory and value chain approaches’’, she said. She said the project has so far strengthened 23 production organizations among them 8 in the dairy sector, 7 for chicken, and 4 for Banana.

The function was also attended by Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Dr Stanley Tarus Kennei, Trans Nzoia County Assembly Clerk Moses Lupao, CECs, Chief Officers, County Administrative Officers, Sub County Administrators, Ward Administrators, Departmental Heads and all the County staff. The function was also attended by Sub County Commissioners, Assistant County Commissioners, Chiefs and their assistants and members of the public.

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