40,000 farmers in various sectors to benefit from new initiative from Danida

Trans Nzoia county government has partnered with Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) to launch a five-year programme that seeks to accelerate employment in the agriculture sector.

Named Green Employ ment in Agriculture Pro gramme (GEAP), it is funded by Danida. The initiative was launched on Thursday in Kitale as MESPT celebrated its 20th anniversary. Ann Ngugi, MESPT corporate communications officer, said in a press release that GEAP targets 40,000 smallholder farmers and will be implemented in 13 counties namely Kilifi, Kwale, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Siaya, Kisii, Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Makueni,Machakos and Tana River.

Farmers in dairy, export of vegetables, mango, avocado, indigenous chicken, coco nut, aquaculture, pineapple, cassava and moringa sec tors will be the main bene ficiaries.”The programme is aligned to Kenya’s Vision +2030 as well as the Danish Strategy for Development Cooperation and human itarian action “The World 2030,” she said.