East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has embarked on distributing of sorghum seeds to farmers in Alego / Usonga Sub County in a bid to ensure raw material for its Kisumu plant that is set for launch soon.
According to the company’s agent in the sub county, Linet Akoth Otieno, 500 farmers who were registered by the company in the area are set to benefit from the initiative.
Speaking in Siaya during the release of the seeds, Otieno challenged farmers in the county to embrace sorghum production now that there was a ready buyer of the commodity.
With a ready market, the crop can change the socio economics of the region that lacks a cash crop, she said.
She said that as the EABL appointed agent in the area, she will offer a buying price of Sh31 per kilogram of the crop once the farmers harvest their crop in the next three months.
Otieno said that the EABL was giving its registered farmers the seeds for free, saying that no one should be fleeced by conmen who may want to take advantage of the farmers.
West Alego member of the county assembly who attended the occasion, Felix Ouma Ogutu hailed the company for choosing Siaya, saying the venture will help tackle high poverty levels in the rural community.
Ogutu urged farmers to take up cultivation of sorghum and challenged the registered farmers to ensure that they followed advice from the agricultural extension workers so as to reap maximum profits.
Source: Kenya News Agency