The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Thursday signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Heifer Project International, an Arkansas non-profit corporation for good, valuable and adequate consideration of the farmer’s needs.

The partnership aims to provide animal training and technical assistance which enables families to seek self-reliance in food production and income generation on a sustainable basis, enables farmers to share ideas with others in a way that enhances dignity and offers the opportunity to make a difference in the struggle to alleviate hunger and poverty.

Moreover, they educate residents about solutions to hunger and poverty and as well as support farmers in sustainable development and the stewardship of the environment through responsible management of animal resources.

Agriculture CECM Samuel Yego speaking in his office during the signing of the MOU said that the dairy sector is crucial and there is need to see its improvement because the partnership will help them achieve its strategic objectives as well as consider the Antimicrobial resistance whereby bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer responds to medicines.

With Inua Mama na Kuku and Operation Lita Kumi initiative farmers are now self-reliant through the participatory approach whereby all the participants should engage in design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of the projects,” says Yego.

Agriculture Chief Officer Julius Rotich says that the Heifer programs touches many households therefore the need for them to venture into new and innovative technologies in their projects.

Country Director Heifer International Kenya, George Odhiambo says that with dairy and poultry value chains, they have facilitated some Cooperatives in bringing up their strategic objectives that include New Progressive, Moiben, Tuiyoluk and Tuiyotich among others through milk marketing and capacity building.

Present were Livestock Development Director Simon Langat, Kenneth Mutai from Legal and Officials from Heifer International Kenya.

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