Mkulima today the ministry of agriculture is working hard to boost the productivity of the youth and small scale farmers. This has seen the reviving of stalled projects at the ministry and new ones and agriculture sector reforms. Some of the youth-focused projects include 4 K clubs and 1 million kitchen gardens. Now there is Kshs 500,000 in agribusiness funding up for grabs says the ministry of agriculture.
In the past week, the CAS ministry of agriculture has been vising several counties sharing information on how to benefit from the new and old government projects. Kshs 500,000 in agribusiness funding up for grabs says ministry of agriculture
She has officially distributed Macadamia(5,000), Tea(20,000), Coffee(10,000), Hass Avocado(5,000) Seedlings in Embu County, and another 5000 Hass avocados seedlings in Marsabit county.
During the event, she was accompanied by Embu County CEC of Agriculture, where they toured the county and learned what needed to be done better.
The day started with a courtesy call to the Deputy County Commissioner where they discussed issues on youth unemployment.
Enable youth program
They also talked about the involvement of the youth in Enable youth program (Launching later this year), which shall bridge the succession gap in agribusiness and related value chains.
The CAS encouraged farmers to take advantage of these national government projects in order to increase production and profitability.
She also asked the farmers to take care of the seedlings and not sell them so as to benefit.
Through NARIGP, about 600 groups in the County shall benefit with each group receiving a maximum of Ksh 500,000.
Farmers are also expected to receive kitchen garden starter kits which shall benefit over 10,000 households in each county.
The CAS motivated farmers to take advantage of the coffee revitalization fund through the County Department of Agriculture and the tea reforms in order to increase their productivity.
These projects in agricultural activities are meant to create gainful employment, generate income, and to ensure food and nutrition security in line with the Big 4 Agenda.
While in Marsabit County she also talked of rebranding and revival of the 4-K Clubs in a bid to inculcate the culture of farming for food sufficiency.
And change the negative perception of agriculture from an early age. Through these initiatives, young children will be able to learn and transfer new farming technologies to their communities.
While in Marsabit she concluded by assuring the residents of Marsabit County of the Goverments’ commitment to establishing Kilta Korta-Rock catchment.
And Ambalo earth dam will be constructed to provide the locals with a reliable source of water for both domestic and agricultural use.
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