The National government through Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linthuri has assured Kenyans that President Ruto’s government will work closely with county governments to ensure farmers boost their yield for sustainable food production.
Speaking during the official opening of the Kitale Agricultural Society of Kenya, Linthuri said the country is moving towards food security and therefore importation of food will be past tense in the near future.
The CS said the government in partnership with the county government will also ensure availability of farm inputs at a subsidized price. He encouraged those with land to carry out different farm activities in order to produce food for domestic use and for export.
Hon. Linthuri said the National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) will work together with farmers so that there produce doesn’t get spoilt due to poor storage that may lead to aflatoxin.
Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Dr. Bineah Kapkori, who was present, urged farmers to diversify farming for quick income and for the purpose of food security, saying the county government is committed to assisting farmers.
Dr.Bineah further warned farmers against selling their maize to middle men at a throw away price.
The Kitale Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) 2022 attracted 100 exhibitors who came to showcase their businesses, in the year 2020 and 2021 the ASK didn’t take place due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Trans Nzoia County is well known as the food basket county.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.