More than 500 Nandi farmers received free Hass avocado,coffee and tissue culture banana seedlings today from the Nandi county government Department of Agriculture.
The initiative is aimed at empowering farmers to grow the fruit for export in the international market at a time when the global demand for avocados is rising especially among China’s and Europe middle class whose demand for healthy food is growing.
Speaking during the distribution exercise, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, urged the farmers to embrace avocado production in the spirit of diversification and the need to plan for alternative agricultural and other sectorial interventions to boost the region economically.
“As a County Government, we are pushing for a diversification programme aimed at enabling farmers venture into agribusiness.” said governor Sang
- County government distribute free coffee seedlings.
- Inside Nandi county´s Sh. 8billion 2018-19 budget
- Nandi county government to establish an Export processing zone in Chemase,Tindiret sub-county.
Governor Sang reiterated his government commitment to crop diversification through allocation of more resources to agriculture sector which is the backbone of our economy.
“Already we are expanding tea,cofee and banana farming by providing seeds to farmers as well as supporting them to venture into Avocado farming and weigh the income from both crops so as to enable them make a choice on the high yielding crop.”
Smallholder farmers in the region depend on tea, dairy farming, maize and beans farming but farmers have been unable to reap maximum returns from these crops.
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.