Busia farmers benefit from Input access program
Ten thousand farmers on Monday benefited from input access programs worth Ksh. 18 million from the Busia County Government.
County Executive Committee member for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Moses Osia kick started the exercise in Angurai South, Angurai East and Angurai North Wards in Teso North Sub County.
About 100 people who received free maize seeds and fertilizer from each ward were selected from among the elderly, vulnerable and people living with disability.
Osia said the program which is the brain child of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong is aimed at eradicating poverty and increase agricultural production across the County.
He said the County Government had launched Macadamia as an alternative cash crop to tobacco which he said had made farmers poorer due to non-payments and increase in cost of production.
Osia warned farmers against selling their fertilizer and maize seeds but instead capitalize on the County Government’s gesture to make the County self-sufficiency in food production.
In Angurai, Mzee Patrick Ipara, 76, who received 4kgs of hybrid maize seeds and 25kgs NPK fertilizer thanked the County Government for the kind gesture and promised to use the inputs to boost production in the country.
Despite living with disability, Stella Nafula said she will supervise the exercise to ensure that the maize seeds and fertilizer were put to good use and help the County improve in food production.