The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Friday launched the equipment distribution for youth in Agribusiness and Inua Mama na Kuku Egg Incubators at Agricultural Mechanization Services(AMS), a move that is set to empower youth and women groups across the County.
The program saw 120 youth groups, four from each ward benefited from 85,000 grafted passion fruit seedlings, 5000 litres capacity water tanks, fertilizers for planting, topdressing and foliar, fungicides and trailing wires and 30 incubators.
Speaking during the launch, Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Governor Jackson Mandago EGH, urged the residents to be development-oriented because there is a need for them to understand the economic aspects of this programmes.
“We care about development that’s why our MCA’s understands what to impact on our residents, therefore, making us a developmental County.
…..You should be our ambassadors by being ready to sacrifice so that you can collectively succeed because we have revived our extension services,” says Mandago.
The County Boss challenged the Youth to venture into value addition and take good care of the seedlings.
He further said that the incubators are able to hatch 500 eggs and it is through this that women can empower themselves as groups, therefore, dedicating themselves to take care of the eggs during the hatching process.
“Reduce the cost of production by availing yourselves on this program, make your hands dirty and transform this County through agriculture,” adds Mandago.
He noted that by being innovative the groups can invest in various business.
Agriculture CECM Samuel Yego said that they have a ready market for the passion fruits and therefore youth and women should opt into value addition and multiplication of chicks.
“Let’s export the products because passion fruits from Uasin Gishu are of high value, well as improve on our nutrition through the Inua Mama na Kuku project,” adds Yego.
Ann Tanui, a Beneficiary of the Inua Mama na Kuku Egg Incubator thanked Governor Jackson Mandago’s administration for empowering youth and women because they will improve their living standards through these programmes and initiatives.
In attendance were CECM’s Dr. Emily Kogos (Trade) and Mary Njogu (Water), Chief Officer’s Julius Rotich (Agriculture) Dr. Victoria Tarus(Livestock), Samuel Kiptoo(Administration) and Pius Kigen (Cooperatives) MCAs Joel Rugut Chairman Agriculture and Hon Julius Songok Chairman Livestock among others.