The County Government Of Uasin Gishu Department of Agriculture in partnership with Shep Biz, a project that uses the Smallholder Horticulture Empowermnet & Promotion Approach (SHEP Approach) on Monday conducted a training of county Agricultural staff to build capacity of implementing staff in the county who in turn train the farmers on best agricultural practices.
The SHEP Approach targets the groups of smallholder farmers who engage in cash crop production with an aim to increase their income by improving their capacity in farm.
The project promotes a “grow to sell” concept with a focused purpose of producing what the market needs, as opposed to the conventional “grow and sell” concept, where farmers produce crops without thinking about the market demand in advance.
The County Director of Agriculture Reuben Seroney while opening the workshop urged the officers to work hand in hand towards the success of the project as it will assist farmers make the right choices.
Seroney assured Shep Biz on County support in the implementations of the project that is expected to give farming in Uasin Gishu a new dimension.
Joash Oriena Shep Biz Monitoring and Evaluation Officer said that they are currently collecting data and after the collection they will analyse before they make the final decision on what to do in the county.