County Government to release Sh 40 million to support farmersBushnell Odhiambo
Governor Gladys Wanga has kick-started the distribution of seeds and tractors in preparation for the upcoming planting season.
The county government allocated Sh. 40m towards the purchase and distribution of seeds to farmers in each of the county’s 40 wards through the Ward-based Projects Program.
“We will distribute a total of 183 tons of seeds to over 90,000 farmers across the county, and 18 tractors will be issued to farmers to assist with tillage. These programs aim to lower production costs and facilitate plowing, ultimately securing our food supply,” Wanga said.
She was speaking to residents of Kwabwai ward in Ndhiwa sub county, when she jointly participated in the seed disbursement exercise with her deputy, Hon. Joseph Magwanga who is also the minister in charge of the agriculture docket.
The county boss emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating that “Agriculture is the backbone of our county’s economy, and we must ensure that our farmers have access to quality seeds and machinery.”
She added: “This program will provide them with the tools they need to succeed and contribute to the growth of our county.”
The Deputy Governor echoed the same sentiments, adding that “The distribution of seeds and tractors is a significant step towards increasing productivity and food security. We urge farmers to take advantage of this opportunity and utilize the resources provided to boost their yields,” Magwanga said
With a total of Ksh. 1m allocated per ward, this program seeks to promote equitable distribution and ensure that all farmers benefit from the county government’s efforts.
As the long rains approach, this initiative is a timely intervention that will support the agricultural sector and ultimately contribute to the county’s economic growth.
The county majority leader, Hon. Richard Ogindo welcomed the distribution of seeds and tractors by the county executive, terming the move, a great initiative that will impact farmers in the county.
“As the legislative arm, we appreciate the efforts to support our farmers, granting them access to quality seeds and machinery, an essential step for them to increase their yields and improve their livelihoods,” Said Ogindo.
The distribution process will be overseen by the department of agriculture and will prioritize farmers in remote and marginalized areas.
Governor Wanga assured farmers that the distribution process will be transparent and fair, stating that her administration has put in place measures to ensure that all eligible farmers receive their seeds and tractors in a timely and efficient manner.
“I urge farmers in the county to take advantage of this opportunity to boost their productivity.”