In Summary
  • The farmers have been clustered in 26 groups from Nairutia, Kiawara and Tanyai villages.
  • Farmers waiting for the distribution of seedlings and infrastructure set up of farms in readiness for planting.
  • They will start a cottage industry and do value addition to the coconut plant by-products.

More than 2,000 farmers in Nyeri County will soon start planting coconut trees in Kanyai Forest in Kieni West Constituency in a Sh15 million programme funded by both Nuts and Oil Crops Directorate and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) .

The farmers, under the umbrella Bee Breeders Community Forest Association (Befoca), have been leased 400 acres of land by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) at Tanyai Forest in Kieni West constituency in Nyeri County.

Addressing reporters at Kilifi Town on Monday, Befoca National Chairman Gerald Macharia said the Sh15 million coconut project will be implemented with assistance from the Nuts & Oil Crops Directorate and the National Drought Management Authority.

“The farmers have been clustered in 26 groups from Nairutia, Kiawara and Tanyai villages and the cultivating process is on course," he said.

Mr Macharia added that farmers were waiting for the distribution of seedlings and infrastructure set up of farms in readiness for planting.

IDEA ACCEPTED

The chairman said that initially, NDMA was supporting their bee keeping programme at a cost of Sh5.3 million and when they raised the idea of starting a coconut farming project in Nyeri County, it was accepted.

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