Some 273 farmers benefit from S0m Busia ADF kitty

Over 270 farmers are set to benefit from Busia County Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) loans worth S0.4 million.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong made the revelations Friday at Ikapolok area in Teso North Sub County when he kick-started the distribution of cheques to beneficiaries.

During the event, 42 small scale farmers received cheques ranging from Sh40, 000 to Sh60, 000 to be invested in various projects including poultry keeping, dairy farming, fish farming and growing of fruits.

Ojaamong, who was on a campaign trail across Teso region also disbursed cheques of similar amount to 45 farmers at Amukura Sports grounds in Teso South where he appealed to farmers to shift to modern farming techniques in order to reap from agriculture.

He advised farmers to always seek for services from extension officers and keep the records of their visits to them adding the officers had been issued with motorbikes and other facilities to educate farmers free of charge.

Ojaamong regretted the many bureaucratic challenges that have derailed the setting up of various factories in the county saying investing in Kenya was an uphill task.

Many foreign investors have been expressing interest of investing in the county since 2013 but bottlenecks have always discouraged them. The conditions imposed by various government agencies to prospective investors have demoralized them with some pulling out even before they start, he said.

He cited a case of Busibwabo and Olepito sugar factories which were already complete but certain individuals moved to court to block their opening yet respective investors have pumped over S billion in them.

The County Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture and Natural Resources Moses Osia said Busia was the only county among all the 47 in the country to introduce the Agricultural Development Fund.

He said the county government through the fund has disbursed a total of Sh37million to over 800 farmers since its inception in 2016.

In the disbursement programme Nambale and Butula farmers were scheduled to receive their cheques Friday while Samia and Budalangi farmers will receive theirs on Tuesday next week.

Source: Kenya News Agency