Food production goes up

Strategies put in place by Kakamega County Government in the agriculture sector have seen the production of maize go up in the last three years.

Kakamega County Deputy Governor Phillip Kutima said farmers in the County produced 1.9 million bags of maize in 2015, 2.1 in 2016 and 2.5 in 2017, an increase that was occasioned by among other factors the supply of seed and fertilizer to the farmers at a subsidized price.

He noted that the seed and fertilizer was sold at half the price on the shelves and this had gone a long way in assisting farmers to access the inputs easily and on time for planting.

The Deputy Governor said that the County government put in place a task force that carried out soil testing in the region to ascertain the right fertilizer for use in the area a factor that he said had largely contributed to the increase in yields in the farms.

He was speaking in Mumias Wednesday during a County Agricultural Trade fair that was organized by Anglican Development Services Western Kenya in collaboration with other stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

The Deputy Governor however expressed concern at the high rate of post-harvest losses saying 30 to 40 percent of the maize produced goes to waste.

The Deputy Governor asked farmers in the area to utilize artificial insemination services in order to increase milk production and improve on the breed of cows in the area.

He said the County relied on other counties for milk supply and that farmers needed to take dairy farming seriously and produce enough milk for local consumption and marketing to other parts of the country.

The trade fair attracted stakeholders in the agriculture sector who exhibited agricultural practices and technologies and was attended by hundreds of farmers from the County.

Executive Director of Anglican Development Services Western Kenya Canon Peter Mudy said the exhibition aimed at creating linkages for markets and credit facilities besides updating farmers on the current technologies and good agricultural practices for high yields.

The exhibitors included seed companies, farm machineries suppliers, financial institutions, agro-processing companies, learning institutions and National and County government line ministries.

Source: Kenya News Agency