Women Rep outlines strategies to revitalize county’s agriculture sector

Kisumu county Woman Representative Ruth Odinga has outlined plans aimed at revitalizing agribusiness in the region.

Odinga indicated that her action plan in the agriculture sector begins with training agricultural extension officers who will in turn train farmers on the entire agricultural value chain; including sustainable agricultural practices.

She added that she will also prioritize the setting up an agro-processing factory in the county.

“The factory will receive vegetables and fruits from farmers and add value to them through processing after which the products are packaged, labeled and stored in readiness for the market. The factory will also offer employment and serve as a training station for interns and apprentices,” she said.

The woman rep said she has lined up support activities for the agricultural sector and that her

strategic plan activities are hinged on food security because issues that afflict vulnerable groups in our society revolve around food security.

“Since we are blessed with good soil and we receive regular rainfall, I see lots of opportunities in agriculture, agroforestry, manufacturing and related services,” she said, further explaining that a survey had revealed that an unexploited agricultural potential exists in Seme sub county.

She added that Kisumu west is the orchard bread basket of the county as it is known for all manner of fruits, crops or vegetables, dairy keeping and fishing.

She said Muhoroni has large farms and the soil there is ideal for maize and sugar cane production while Nyakach has potential for the growth of maize, sorghum, cassava, cow pea, mango, orange, tomatoes and bananas.

Odinga added that the county must revitalize agriculture for food security and for agribusiness so that marginalized groups have a stable life support system.

By Fredrick Odiero  

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