The County Government of Kakamega sets aside Sh200 million to assist the farmers have access to maize seeds, subsidized fertilizers, and farm inputs.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya cautioned farmers from selling the inputs to other counties while rolling out this year’s county farm input program yesterday.
“Agriculture, more so food security, is the backbone of our nation, and that is why devolved units have embraced and prioritized hunger eradication. It is, therefore, wise to use the resources provided,” said Mr. Oparanya.
He further urged the farmers to keep the relevant authorities updated on the locust invasion, urging them to cooperate with the county government to control the attack.
“We are adequately prepared to tackle locust invasion with the right equipment, including planes, pesticides, and well-equipped personnel,” he said.
The governor further launched a World Bank-funded Climate Smart Agriculture program in a bid to boost the poultry, fisheries, and maize production in the county.
Some of the areas set to benefit from the Sh100 million pumped in by the World Bank to boost fisheries include Shinyalu, Murenga, and Inaya dams in Likuyani and Butere.
The governor added that over 100,000 bags of fertilizer would be distributed towards the help of Kenya Seed Company, who will bring in more to cater to the needs of farmers.