Bungoma County has yet again benefited from a World Bank funding after receiving Kshs 11.6 million to focus on bananas and beans farming and chicken rearing, with farmers from twenty wards set to benefit. Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said twenty thousand farmers in a move aimed at eradicating poverty.
He said they will benefit with a maximum of one billion shillings if they make good use of the money they have received, adding that the World Bank will be monitoring the implementation of the projects.
He, therefore, called upon those implementing the projects to be strict and make sure the farmers reap, pointing out that they have made sure that the market for the products has been well taken care of. “A milk processing plant construction has already kicked off in Webuye, and we can partner with Kisii County which is starting up a wine factory and its raw materials will be bananas by supplying them. The Danish government has shown interest in funding the stalled chicken factory in Chwele” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Agriculture CEC Mathews Makanda who noted that as a County, they are focused on empowering the farmers at the grass-root level saying the funding has come at the right time. He said with the current unemployment rates in the country it is in order for the Governor to search for funds to empower the residents. National agricultural and rural inclusive and growth project coordinator Fredrick Wotia said they are committed to delivering on the project.