Vihiga residents have been urged to embrace agribusiness to curb food shortage in the area. The region has been well known for engaging in maize and beans farming despite the low fertility of the soil.
Speaking at Chango in Vihiga Sub County while handing over free tea, avocado and coffee seedlings to farmers the area Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo advised residents to shun the perennial subsistence farming activities in the area and go for agribusiness.
The County gets its food supply from the neighbouring Counties like Nandi, Trans Nzoia and Busia.
The County boss reiterated that he has put mechanisms in place to revive coffee farming in the region, giving free seedlings, farmers getting proper training and reviving the old Coffer factories in the entire County.
Ottichilo added that the County government has set aside some funds to build a coffee factory at Jebrok in Hamisi Sub County. “We want to produce our own packaged coffee, and this can only be realized if we have a coffee factory in the County,” said Ottichilo.
Despite Vihiga County being known for tea farming, the farmers have been getting a raw deal from the farm produce, and he noted that there are plans to revive the tea sector in the County. “Am going to engage Mudete tea factory management on how farmers can get good payments and improved annual bonuses from their produce,” he said.
Ottichilo said since the national government had signed an agreement with the Chinese government over the exportation of avocados, locals should embrace avocado farming to meet the demand.