The Kakamega County Government has allocated Ksh. 120 Million towards the establishment of smart farms in the area.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the farms to be spread across all the twelve sub-counties, were meant to boost food security in the county.
Speaking at the college on Saturday, the governor said he was confident that the initiative would succeed.
"I am impressed with what I have seen around this institution. I encourage farmers across the county to come here for training," he said.
He also encouraged the residents to start kitchen gardens using modern techniques similar to the ones being undertaken at the agricultural college.
He said agriculture received the lion's share of county budget but that they would add more resources to enhance food security in the devolved unit.
"My government has prioritized the agriculture sector because our economy heavily relies on it. We endeavor to provide resources to the sector to ensure we achieve our food security agenda," he said.
Dr. Oparanya pointed out that since the county started farm inputs subsidy programme, maize production had increased in the area.
"Last financial year we gave free farm inputs to 24,000 farmers to cushion them against adverse effects of Covid-19 which had affected them to a point of not managing to get maize seeds and fertilizers. The programme was effective and a success," he said.
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