In Summary
  • Mr Kinyanjui’s administration has been working to revitalise cooperatives and encouraging farmers to form new ones.
  • The county government seeks to help farmers create market linkages to tap into the insatiable international market.
  • Currently, there are at least 500 cooperatives and saccos in the county.

When Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui took office in 2017, revamping of the agriculture sector was one of his flagship projects.

In his manifesto, Governor Kinyanjui promised to revive the lucrative sector.

Two years after he took office, the county chief, who is in an ambitious plan to reinvigorate the sector, is now banking on cooperative societies to put more profits in farmers’ pockets.

Over the past few months, Mr Kinyanjui’s administration has been working to revitalise cooperatives and encouraging farmers to form new ones in bid to help them tap into market opportunities and boost their income.

PROTECT FARMERS

According to the county government, cooperative societies are the best way to protect farmers from exploitation by middlemen and attract government funding.

“Most farmers in crop and dairy farming are not tapping maximum market potential because they are not members of cooperatives. My administration and the national government is keen to help farmers organised in cooperatives,” said Governor Kinyanjui in an interview with the Nation.

He added, “We are in talks with the national government and development partners to help farmers avoid post-harvest losses through establishment of, for instance, cold rooms for produce like potatoes and carrots and value addition factories.

VALUE ADDITION

Those targeted by the Nakuru government include dairy farmers, whom the county wants to help tap into value addition for their milk so that they can compete effectively in the market.

Other products targeted are coffee, potatoes and avocados among other crops.

The county government seeks to help farmers create market linkages to tap into the insatiable international market.

It is also seeking to revive pyrethrum farming and inject new life into the collapsed, yet lucrative sector.

The county government plans to distribute seedlings worth Sh45 million to farmers in the 2019/2020 financial year.

FOOD BASKET

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