Rice farmers in Nyando, Kisumu county have been urged to join cooperative societies to enable them find ready markets for their produce as well as weed out cartels from their midst and ease access to credit.
National Irrigation Authority (NIA) West Kenya Region Scheme Manager Kennedy Ouma said cooperatives are a vital element of development that will also enable farmers to get farm inputs at subsidized rates.
He revealed that the thousands of rice farmers in Nyando are now set to earn over Ksh1.2 billion from the produce they have delivered.
Ouma said many farmers were motivated to grow rice due to its high demand, though they faced setbacks like the recent bird invasion.
He encouraged them to diversify and intercrop to nourish and replenish the soil.
By Fredrick Odiero
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