The Lamu Governor, Fahim Twaha has urged farmers in the County to take up rice farming to supplement their cotton and fruit farming earnings.
The g overnor who was speaking on Thursday in at the County headquarters, during a ceremony where the County government distributed more 4, 950 tonnes of fertilizer to 5, 000 farmers within the County.
The governor stated that the County government was keen to have farmers improve their earning which could improve with the rice production for which the County could ably grow.
The soil and climate quality in Lamu is conducive for rice farming and farmers need to be more proactive in updating themselves with seed breeds that would do well in the area, Twaha stated.
He said that his administration has identified a deep need to advance the agricultural sector in Lamu which he added has immense potential to grow.
He also revealed that the County government was also looking into plans to establish a fruit factory in the County adding that a feasibility study was still being carried out to establish where it could be set up.
He further added that cotton farming for which Lamu is known for in the region, would also receive a boost from the County government which would provide infrastructural and financial support for farmers in the sector.
Twaha said his government was set to spend at least Sh.300 million on the development of its agricultural sector in this year’s 2018/2019 financial year allocation.
He added that the County government was also keen to improve infrastructure such as markets and feeder roads to farms to boost to the sector.
The County has also looked into providing tractors for farmers at subsidized rates and will also buy more tractors to aid farmers, the governor said.
Source: Kenya News Agency