Laikipia County will soon put 20,000 acres of land under contract farming, targeting over 10,000 farmers, Governor Nderitu Muriithi has said.
Nderitu pointed out that currently 514 farmers, with 1,154 acres are under contract farming, growing sorghum, canola, French beans among other crops.
The governor who was officially opening the Mt. Kenya Branch Show- Nanyuki noted over 38, 000 heads of cattle have been registered in active database for ease of tracing and assisting farmers get financiers for their livestock production.
Through the database it is easy to trace the animals and also connect farmers with financiers and markets, he observed.
He also revealed that his government has established over 5,000 acres under hay for fodder production.
The aim of my government is to improve quality of our dairy cattle which currently produce 5 kgs per day to 15 kgs per day. This is through introduction of subsidized Artificial Insemination services to farmers, he added.
He said the County government is encouraging farmers to diversify their farming and embrace modern technology to improve quality and quantity of production.
John Mwaniki, who also graced the event, said county government of Laikipia is welcoming every effort being put by National Government to reform National Cereals and Produce Board.
We are saddened by the rampant corruption in the board and we urge the government to bring to book and prosecute all those involved in the scandal, Mwaniki observed, adding that farmers in Laikipia were the first to suffer for lack of fertilizer.
Annabel Kirinya, ASK National Chairperson, said the ASK will continue partnering with the county government in hosting the shows as a way of promoting agriculture.
Lucy Murugi, County Executive Member in charge of agriculture, Francis Gitonga, Chair Mt. Kenya Branch Show, among other dignitaries graced the official opening of the show.
Source: Kenya News Agency