DIVERSIFICATION, A CALL TOWARDS ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

DIVERSIFICATION, A CALL TOWARDS ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

The County Government of Uasin Gishu is on the forefront, working to assist in the country’s attainment of food security.

The County has been engaging farmers on ways of improving farming systems in order to increase food production.

In many occasions, the County through the Department of Agriculture has been pushing for crop diversification, a move geared towards economic stability for farmers as well as adding volumes to the food basket.

With the World Food Day drawing closer, the County has been empowering its farmers by offering them with alternatives that include supplying them with high-value crops and also incentives to upscale dairy production.

While engaging stakeholders ahead of the global event, Director in charge of Agriculture Wilbur Mutai noted that the County is working towards ensuring that each household is food secure.

Owing to the fact that the County is the greatest producer of food, Mutai noted that production also hinges the nutrition aspect, focusing on food products that have been boosted by both dairy and horticultural products.

Based on its production ability, Uasin Gishu is a food secure County. We are urging our farmers to engage more on horticultural products and short terms crops that can sustain them besides the maize farming,” said the CDA.

Director for Livestock production, Simeon Langat, noted that dairy production has gone a notch higher, factors buttresed by the establishment of milk cooler plants across the county.

We have our dairy farmers covered through our subsidized AI services. This has seen growth in livestock production with translates to increased milk production”, said Langat.

On ensuring that production is meeting its consistency and introducing new farming systems, the County administration has taken its best foot forward in sinking dams across the County, for adequate water for irrigation as well as water for livestock.

Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH, has been championing farmers to utilize the facilities that have been taken closer to them, adopting crops that will do best under irrigation, this as a way of meeting the basic food production and also boosting their economic standards.

This year’s World Food Day, which will be held on 16th October is aimed to encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate factors that will lead to improved farming systems.

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