Avocado farming in Bungoma

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Harvested avocado

Farmers in Mount Elgon have been urged to embrace avocado farming to boost income and improve their lives. Addressing farmers of Chesikaki Co-operative Society in Cheptais Sub County during annual general meeting, Bungoma County Co-operative director Mr. Stanslous Wambani said the county government has introduced avocado farming as a pilot project to help farmers sustain their lives.

Mr. Wambani said farmers in some places of this county have already received the seedlings to plant. “The project has already kicked off in this county and a section of farmers have already received the seedlings, therefore I want to appeal to farmers to take avocado farming seriously” he said.
He further urged co-operative chairmen to lias with the county agricultural officers to extend trainings to farmers on new technology as a way to  increase production.

A farmer ready to transport his produce after harvesting

The county director also revealed that Food and Health Organization FHO is planning to restore glory to Mt. Elgon by planting trees and also funding coffee and maize farmers to boost the eco-system. “My heart bleeds so much when I look at this Mountain, it is not the way I saw it in the year 1989 when I came here to work as civil servant, people have cut down trees and the impact of soil erosion has affected so many places including Budalang’i” he said.
On the other hand Wambani assured coffee farmers that they have formed a  policy that will enable farmers to get a revolving fund for farm inputs and advances.