North Rift Economic Bloc chair Jackson Mandago wants residents of the region to adopt farming practices that guarantee profits.
The Uasin Gishu Governor says the region has ample conditions for diversity in agriculture, including avocado, passion, and even milk production.
Mandago has been appealing for diversification, with farmers in Uasin Gishu County already reaping from avocado farming.
And speaking on Tuesday in Nandi County, Mandago said each of the North Rift counties has unique conditions for specific diversified agriculture.
The eight North Rift counties can produce milk, avocado, coffee, passion fruits, mangoes, tomatoes, pineapples, tea, macadamia, okra (lady fingers), and cereals only awaiting value addition.
“As North Rift, we have researched and established that we have untapped potential in diversified agriculture,” says Mandago.
“Already, farmers in Uasin Gishu are smiling to the banks from avocado. Similarly, when that milk factory is being constructed, we need to grow our milk volumes through improved dairy farming,” he adds.
His Nandi counterpart Stephen Sang also corroborated his calling. “We have constructed a milk factory in Kabiyet, this means we need constant milk production because that is what we shall be adding value to.”
They spoke during the burial of Leah Jebet Cherwon in Kamung’ei village, Mosop Sub-County of Nandi County. The late was aunt to Uasin Gishu Chief of Staff, Dr. Joseph Tanui.
Tens of MCAs and other leaders, including former Uasin Gishu Public Service Board member, Joywin Sang, were also in attendance.