Hungarian Ambassador roots for empowerment of farmers

The Hungarian Ambassador to Kenya is rooting for farmers in the country to enable them produce sufficient food for the country through the provision of sufficient inputs.

Mr. Laszlo Eduardo Mathe who presided over the launch of the Busia County Agricultural Development Fund at Butula Polytechnic on Monday, challenged both the national and county governments to empower farmers in order to combat the perpetual problem of producing less food annually.

He appealed to Kenyans to emulate his country, which he noted was in a similar state a few years ago.

Hungary started from scratch many years ago, when the Soviet Army, which was occupying our land, left. Currently, with a population of 10million people, Hungary is capable of producing adequate food for over 30million people, he said, adding that Kenya can too achieve that through farmer-friendly funds.

Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the major objective behind the fund is to assist farmers with some capital to improve their farming practices and hence produce more.

My government wants farmers to shift from subsistence to mechanized farming, not only to make the county food secure, but also to increase the farmers’ profits, Ojaamong said.

Deputy governor, Kizito Wangalwa regretted that despite records showing that over 200 co-operative societies exist in the county, only 50 are active, meaning the rest are briefcase societies that onlyresurface when they need funding.

Assembly Speaker, Bernard Wamalwa appealed to the ambassador to initiate an agriculture-oriented exchange program between his country and Busia County.

Busia County Women representative, Florence Mutua hailed the initiators of the Agricultural Development Fund, saying as a member of the Agricultural Committee in the National Assembly, she supports the fund, as it aims at producing extra food and turning Busia into an agri-business county

Source: Kenya News Agency