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Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony gives out shillings 57.7 million to 60 groups of farmers

The Kericho County government through a World Bank funded agricultural programme has disbursed shillings 57.7 million to peasant farmers from marginalized areas in the County.

The programme referred to as Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project (KCSAP) is being implemented in six wards namely Soin, Sigowet, Kipkellion, Kamasian, Ainamoi and Kapsaos in three sub counties namely, Soin/Sigowet, Kipkellion West and Anaimoi.

KCSAP, through a consultative process is working on products that are resilient to climate change and targets to develop and promote three crops and two livestock enterprises in Kericho County. The crops are Banana, Finger Millet and Sorghum growing, while in livestock, it focuses on indigenous chicken and dairy (milk) production.

Speaking while launching the programme in his office in Kericho yesterday, Kericho Governor Prof Paul Chepkwony said that the grants in form of loans to the County will be used to pilot the productive alliance models of Public-Private Partnership with producers.

Governor Chepkwony said that by providing the framers with the grants in groups they will also be linked to markets so that they can sell their produce at competitive prices. The project targets over 4,200 beneficiaries.

The Governor said that Kericho County Government had received a total of Sh 199 million and Sh 222 million in the financial year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 respectively. He added more farmers will benefit from the grants as the programme was being spread across the County.

“I challenge beneficiaries to make good use of the funds so as to achieve the economic transformation and this will keep us in rolling out more programme to support the agricultural sector,” Chepkwony said.

The overall objective of the project apart from increasing food production is aimed at adoption of technologies innovation and management practices where farmer’s challenges are addressed with adequate training geared towards better production and thus improve on food security.

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