Nakuru County government will leverage on farmer support institutions in its bid to expand agricultural productivity and create job openings for youth and women for better livelihoods in the county.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui said increased public investment in agricultural research, farmer innovation and farmer extension centers will accelerate growth in the highly potential agricultural sector.
He further argued that this move would provide a spring board to economic freedom to thousands of vulnerable youth seeking employment in the Countys urban areas.
Kinyanjui said plans were underway for strategic partnerships with agricultural experts in the private and public sectors in months to come aimed at putting the agricultural sector on the desired pathway to becoming the countys key economic driver.
He said this on Monday in his maiden speech at the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya grounds after his inauguration ceremony.
The newly elected governor has been latching on the economic growth pillar in his months of bitter campaigns.
He said his government would not only ride on the strategic partnerships to establish the struggling pyrethrum and Irish potato sectors but would also use such partnerships in marketing value added products from local enterprises related to the sectors.
Kinyanjui, who has already alluded to budget cuts on the countys increasing recurrent expenditure, said his proposition was to invest in multiple economic stimulus programs in the spirit of fast tracking social cohesion that he said has been increasingly evasive to his predecessor.
He said part of the investment would see development of strategic storage and farmer support facilities, certified seeds and seedlings, assorted fertilizer and farm implements for farmers across the Countys 11 sub regions.
Nakuru County Women representative, Liza Chelule observed that women and youth comprised of a substantial farming population in the County who needed to be empowered in their trade to revolutionize farming in the County.
She observed that this would be in the collective pursuit for a food sufficient and wealthy County.
On this score, Chelule called on women and youth to work in registered organized groups for them to efficiently access the governments empowerment services targeting women and youth in enterprise development.
She noted that this would enable beneficiaries to access opportunities to do business with the government and develop and expand gainful ventures in Agribusiness.
Source: Kenya News Agency