The county government of Machakos has issued cheques worth Ksh138 million to farmers from various cooperative societies and community based organizations.
Speaking while issuing out the cheques at Machakos People’s Park, Governor Wavinya Ndeti noted that the funds are meant to enable farmers procure material and farm inputs.
The governor promised to issue out more cheques to Saccos, further revealing that her administration is keen on promoting the use of modern technology in mapping agro-ecological zones to maximize production.
“This will ensure each ward has at least one product which will enhance economies of scale in production and marketing,” said Ndeti.
Mukuyuni Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society received Ksh28 million, Kakuyuni Cooperative received Ksh16 Million while Kola and Kalama CBO received Ksh8 million and Ksh7 Million respectively.
Masii and Katangi CBOs received Ksh8 million each, Ikombe and Muthetheni CBOs received Ksh7million while Masinga Central Ward CBO received Ksh4 million.
Governor Ndeti revealed that she will employ 80 extension officers to help farmers increase agricultural production to ensure food security in the county.
County Agriculture Executive Dr Joel Nzomo promised to ensure that coffee farmers earned at least Ksh100 per kilogram of coffee instead of the current Ksh60 per kilogram.
Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization (KARLO) Director Patrick Katiem asked farmers to adopt technologies which are suitable for the region.
He revealed that KARLO had distributed 16 tonnes of assorted seeds to farmers in Lower Eastern region and contracted 300 farmers from the region who grow the seeds thus earning income from the engagement.
By Stephen Muthini
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