Kakamega County has partnered with Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya ( FPEAK) and Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC-Kenya) to promote horticultural programnes and explore the export market to benefit farmers.
Governor H.E Dr FCPA Wycliffe Oparanya said the organisations in conjunction with other organisations from both National Government and private sector will work with the County to support farmers in horticultural sector and provide export market for their fresh produce.
He said the Kakamega has a huge potential for export of fresh produce adding that the partnership will go a long way in spurring agribusiness that will improve both export of produce by farmers and regional economy.
The Governor was addressing the media after meeting officers from National Government and private sector who were led by FPC-Kenya CEO Mr Okisegere Ojepat.
He noted that the County largely relied on agriculture as the main source of income adding that horticultural sector has not been fully exploited despite the huge potential.
He said under the programme farmers will be brought together in groups, trained on agribusiness and helped to export their produce.
He noted that the Kisumu International Airport will be of great help to farmers engaged in exporting their produce.
He added that the county has invested Sh100 million in promotion of fish farming to improve production of fish for the new Kakamega Fish Processing Plant that is to export the commodity.
He added that the county had put another Sh100 million in the Kakamega Micro Finance Agency to enable farmers access credit facilities at a lower interest rate to support their agricultural ventures.
The governor added that the programme will be scaled up to the LREB region to help deal with food insecurity, alleviate poverty and ensure farmers earn more cash
Mr Ojepat said the County has favourable climate and soil for horticultural activities that will help in improving food production and enable farmers earn more adding that the deal will be a game changer to farmers.
Earlier during a round table meeting CECM Agriculture Madam Rachael Okumu outlined to the team success stories in the department and measures put in place to support farmers.
She asked the organisations to support French beans, sweet potatoes farming, bee keeping, pig, coffee, ground nuts, traditional vegetables and fruits farming among others.
Deputy Governor H.E Prof Philip Kutima, CECMs Rodah Masaviru (PSA), Mr Kulati Wangia (Water) and Mr Alfred Matianyi (Trade) attended the meeting.
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