The Kilifi County government is donating crop seed valued at Sh.21 million to enhance farming activities and boost food production in the area.
Dubbed the ‘Farm Input Distribution’ conducted through the County Agriculture department, over 48 tons of maize and 7 tons of green grams will be shared by farmers in all the 7 sub counties.
Speaking at the flagging off of the distribution exercise, Kilifi deputy governor, Gideon Swazuri decried the perpetual famine that has been rocking the county annually and called on farmers to change their approaches to issues farming.
We cannot keep on practicing farming in the way we have been used to. This time around we must think of how we can generate most produce, enough for ourselves and even more for sell, he said.
The improved and early maturing seeds have been fully funded by the county and are expected to reap huge returns, projected to the tune of Sh.200 million if the season does well in the area.
The initial investment in this project might seem high but the profits are going to be even higher. In the event it is not successful, farmers can still plough back Sh. 100 million, he said.
Executive officer in charge of Agriculture Luciana Jumwa Sanzua said the County is also in the process of purchasing adequate fertilizers, saying the supply will be done soon.
She urged the farmers to take advantage of the farm inputs offer and maximize their efforts in farming activities by increasing their acreages for maximum food production.
We are going to source fertilizer to help the crops grow. We are very serious about the food security situation of this county, she said.
She told the farmers to also take advantage of the early rains by tilling their farms using either oxen ploughing or the available county tractors at a subsidized fee.
Source: Kenya News Agency