The County Government of Uasin Gishu will roll out agricultural subsidy in January 2020, Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH, has said.
Speaking on Thursday during the 56th Jamhuri Day celebrations at Teachers’ Advisory Centre ( TAC) the Governor said his government is committed to improving the livelihoods of farmers.
My goverment through the department of Agriculture will give subsidy to Kilimo Biashara in readiness for early planting season”, Mandago said.
The county boss said that the subsidy program targets cash crop farmers for coffee, Macadamia, avocado and others. Mandago asked interested farmers to prepare the land and reach out to the government through ward agricultural officers and administrators.
….. we will sell avocado seedling at Kshs 50 instead of Ksh 200″ he added. On the issue of cereals he urged farmers to join co-operative societies, through these bodies they can requisition for farm inputs with the help of the department of agriculture.
Mandago also urged private millers to open up their stores with direct trading with. This he said will see farmers maximize profits which otherwise go to middlemen.
Speaking during the same function Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno asked Strategic Food Reserves to begin purchasing cereals and at competitive prices.
Earlier in the day, Mandago was hosted by Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdirisak Jaldesa for a breakfast meeting together with County Police Commander Johnstone Ipara, County head of Conservancy Benjamin Kinyili, as well as all sub-county commissioners.
He took the opportunity to thank the State Department of Devolution and internal security for ensuring stable security which was a key evaluation indicator when the World Bank voted Uasin Gishu as one of the best places to establish businesses.
Other officers who attended Mashujaa Day celebrations include Cheptiret Kipchamo MCA Hon Gilbert Tenai, County Executives, Barnabas Tarus (PSM & ADMIN) Eng Gideon Birir ( Roads), Eng Nelson Maritim ( Lands & Urban Planning), Samuel Yego ( Agriculture) and County Secretary Edwin Bett.
Chief Officers Ruth Chelashaw ( Lands), Simeon Kemei ( Environment & Water), Jane Njuguna ( Education), Julius Rotich ( Agriculture), Kenneth Mbeka (Physical Planning) were also present.
This year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations were held as part of the ongoing First Edition of Sisibo Cultural Festivals.