Kakamega County has allocated Ksh 120 million for establishment of smart farms in all its twelve sub counties.
Speaking at Bukura Agricultural Training College, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said he is impressed with the work at the institution’s Smart Farm saying it should serve as a training farm for other sub counties.
“I am impressed with what I have seen around this institution. I encourage farmers across the County to come here for training,” said Governor Oparanya.
He also encouraged people to start kitchen gardens using modern techniques used at the institution.
The Governor noted that Agriculture receives a lion share of County budget promising to add more resources to enhance food security in the County and also provide employment opportunities.
“My Government has prioritized Agriculture sector because our economy relies on Agriculture. We endeavor to provide resources to the sector to ensure we achieve our food security agenda,” he said.
He noted that since the County started farm inputs subsidy programme, maize production in the County has increased.
“Last financial year we gave free farm inputs to 24,000 farmers to cushion them against adverse effects of Covid-19 which had affected them to a point of not managing to get maize seeds and fertilizers. The programme was effective and a success,” he said.