Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago on Monday 17th launched the distribution of Coffee, Macadamia, Tissue Culture Bananas among other crops in Tapsagoi Ward, Turbo Sub-County, Uasin Gishu County.
The County boss made the move to launch the distribution of the crops in a bid to continue encouragin the farmers within the borders of Uasin Gishu County to diversify into high-value cash crops in the County .
So far, under his government, Governor Mandago has distributed 68,000 Avocado, 17,000 Macadamia, 35,500 Tissue Culture Bananas and 297,000 Coffee seedlings across the County. Turbo sub-county received 18,000 coffee, 1,740 banana tissue culture and 465 grafted Macadamia seedlings.
The project by the County Government targets to improve the livelihoods of the farmers of the County, baring in mind the current prices of the commodities in the market.
Currently, a 50kg bag of coffee trades at $360 (more than Ksh 36,000) on the international market while macadamia trades at $2 per kg (more than Ksh 200).
During the Lauch of the program, Governor Mandago also made visits to some farms under coffee, avocado and bananas in the area.
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