President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Busia residents that the government is set to revive cotton farming in the region. While addressing residents in Budalangi, Busia County, during the Jubilee visit in the County, President Kenyatta outlined the government’s plan, “You were the best cotton farmers in Kenya. We want to restore cotton farming here, and we plan to bring new seeds that will help and improve production,” said President Kenyatta, adding that they’ll also revive industries, citing the targeted revivals of Rivatex, Kicomi in Kisumu, and Mountex in Central as a boost for cotton farming in Kenya.
He said the ginneries in the region will also be revived, “We want to restore the ginneries and to help farmers grow the cotton so that we have a vertical linkage,” said President Kenyatta. He was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto among other leaders, including Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa.
The President also said that residents who were burdened by loans, especially fish farmers in cooperatives, will be helped by the government, and the loans will be cleared, “From Monday next week, we will do away with those loans. All those who are affected should know that the loans are non-existent,” he said.
Moreover, he insisted that he will trounce his opponents come August. He said that they won the past general elections when they were in an inconvenient position, compared to some NASA (National Super Alliance) leaders who were in positions of authority in government, and this time the playing field has shifted. He urged the residents to make sober decisions and support Jubilee in the General elections.