Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood in Kericho County.
On 13th February 2020, as part of my efforts to empower farmers, Kericho County disbursed funds amounting to Kshs. 57.7 Million to support 60 farmer groups from the marginalized areas of Soin, Sigowet, Kipkelion, Kamasian, Ainamoi and Kapsaos wards under the Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSAP).
The selection of the beneficiaries was done based on the wards levels of marginalization and the most recent poverty index report.
This money will go directly to the farmers groups as well as provision of training and field extension services for the farmers.
We also took steps to ensure that marginalized groups including the Talai, Ogiek, Widows and Persons living with disabilities benefitted from the project.
The selected farmer groups engage in farming in the areas of dairy, indigenous poultry, sorghum, finger millet and banana farming which are considered to be climate smart as they can thrive even in the changing climatic conditions.
Through this program which is supported by the World Bank, we aim to increase production in these key agricultural sub-sectors so as to enhance food security and reduce poverty.
We have called upon all the 60 groups which have received the funds to use the resources prudently so as to achieve economic transformation.
We will continue rolling out more programs to support our farmers produce the highest agricultural yields possible using modern techniques.