By Erick Nyayiera
Co-operative movement in Nyanza needs to up its game and local farmers have been asked to join saccos so as to have a quicker access to loans for agribusiness.
Agricultural Finance Corporation’s Regional Manager for the Western and Nyanza Martha Ayodo says that most farmers in Nyanza still practise subsistence farming a reason why they have never bothered to go for the AFC loans.
“You don’t get far when you still rely on subsistence farming, there needs to be a paradigm shift to commercial farming and to this end I ask Saccos to help their farmers secure loan and other services for better production,” Ayodo said.
Ayodo added that the Western-Nyanza region has a total of nine branches but it is quite unfortunate those in the Nyanza are underutilized in terms of loan uptake as compared to the branches in Western.
She made the remarks at the Double Joy Children’s Farm in Rarieda Sub-county, where they presented a donation of 14 beds and mattresses, beddings, clothes and foodstuffs following the recent fire that burnt down a dormitory at the institution.