Farmers in Uasin Gishu County have been challenged to diversify in farming and venture into cultivating other crops considered to give high rewards in the region.
Making the passionate appeal was Uasin Gishu County Governor H.E Hon Jackson K. Mandago when he met over 400 cooperatives leaders at the County headquarters yesterday.
The enthusiastic Governor noted that wide research had been done in Uasin Gishu County and it has proved that coffee, avocado, potatoes, pyrethrum and macadamia will do very well in the region. This type of farming therefore is more likely to give more immense fortunes than maize and wheat farming.
“We have done wide research on the market availability of these crops, the produce prices and the ability of the crops to thrive in our County and I tell you today that this is not a venture to be second-guessed because you will earn big profits,” said the Governor.
He impelled farmers from Turbo and Kapseret Sub-Counties to pursue coffee and avocado farming, asking large scale farmers to embrace horticulture farming by setting aside at least two acres of their land for the same.
The County Boss who recently diversified into potato farming by planting 20 acres of his farm in Moiben Sub-County further noted that pyrethrum and potato farming would be a suitable venture for farmers from Timboria, Chagaiya, Leinguse and Ainabkoi.
“The County Government will provide pyrethrum seeds to farmers but under the condition that they join a cooperative society to benefit from this incentive,” said the Governor who is a Mwalimu National Cooperative and Savings member.
Governor Mandago concluded by saying that venturing into macadamia farming is a good way of establishing a pension plan for the farmers, noting that this crop gives more yields than all the a fore mentioned ones in the long run.
The crop diversification call comes at a time when The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) is set to conduct farmer training on diversification of crops at Governor Mandago farm in Moiben Sub-County this Friday.