The County Government of Homa-Bay in partnership with USAID has established a Sh. 6.3 billion agricultural programme aimed at enhancing food security.
The project known as Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity (KCDMSD) will work in 12 counties countrywide where Homa Bay will be getting 35 per cent of the total funds.
Besides enhancing food security through crop production, dairy farming and value addition to agricultural produce, the project also targets to feed preschool children.
Speaking while receiving the delegation from the USAID, Homa Bay Governor, Cyprian Awiti said Early Childhood Education (ECDE) School feeding programme is on top of his development agenda.
The county will use the programme to obtain food which will be used to feed ECDE pupils as a way of eradicating malnutrition cases among the children, said the governor.
Awiti further added that the agricultural project will supplement Oluch-Kimira irrigation scheme in Rangwe and Rachuonyo constituencies to boost food security in the region.
The Project Director, Joseph Mutua said they are in the process of establishing stable market for the farmers in the County.
Mutua said the organization offers grants to agricultural actors who are willing to invest in agricultural production.
He therefore called on the area leaders to provide enabling environment to facilitate their project.
Source: Kenya News Agency