The county government of Nandi on Monday distributed more than 10,000 free coffee seedlings to farmers.
The move is to diversify sources of income through broadened agriculture practices that is geared towards empowering farmers through improved and modernized farming techniques.
Farmers of Kemeleoi Coffee Farming Cooperative society in Kemeloi, Maraba Ward in Aldai Sub-county and Sigilai Coffee Farmers Cooperative in Ol´lessos, Nandi Hills Sub-county were the first beneficiaries of yesterday distribution.
Speaking during the distribution exercise, the CECM in charge of Agriculture and Cooperative Development Mr. Wilson Taiy said that coffe farming is an attractive cash crop venture in the world that gives best opportunity to generating incomes for locals and the county.
Tiay observed that coffee do well in most parts of the county and their prices are stable compared to other food crops.
“Farmers have been concentrating on planting maize, we want to train our farmers not only to depend on one crop because it can fail but encouraged them on diversification as it will help them earn more and improve their livelihood,” he said.
Also present was CECM Trade, Investment and industrialization Dr. Kiplimo lagat who encouraged the cooperative societies to do value addition of coffee produce before selling.
Dr. Lagat also noted that diversification is a key element in agricultural development and its one way of retaining and creating more opportunities.
Last year Nandi County Governor H.E Stephen Sang, officiated the ground-breaking ceremony of the Great Rift Coffee factory at Ndonyo Ngaria in Mulango.
He promised to expand the coffee production in the County by supporting coffee farmers through enhancing accessibility of subsidized coffee seedlings.