Bungoma agricultural show to empower small scale farmers

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Ken Lusaka, storms,agricultural

The ongoing Bungoma County agricultural show 2015 is expected to attract more farmers to showcase their farm products.

Speaking during the launch, governor Kenneth Lusaka assured all farmers of his government’s support to improve the sector, which he termed the backbone of the county’s economy.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our county economy hence my administration’s efforts to transform the sector from subsistence to a fully-fledged commercial venture.  This will have the net result of wealth creation, generation of employment opportunities as well as an increase in household incomes besides enhancing food security in the region,” Lusaka said

The governor added that his government procured 34,720 bags of Mavuno fertilizer, 173,600kg of certified maize seed for vulnerable farmers with an additional 23,234 bags of Mavuno fertilizer being sold at a subsidized price of Sh1, 000 per bag.

To spur poultry production, the county government spent Sh.4, 200,000.00 on 45 incubators that were distributed in all the wards with a view to meeting demand for chicken at the Chwele slaughter house that will have the capacity to process 3,000 chicken per day once operational.

Lusaka urged all Bungoma residents to turn up in large numbers to showcase their agricultural products and to learn more from other farmers to improve their farming skills.

The show which commenced on 15th September will come to a close on 19th September.