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3,000 farmers from vulnerable groups receive maize seeds

Nandi county government on Friday flagged off 30, 000 tonnes of maize seeds to benefit 3,000 farmers selected from vulnerable groups in the County.
The seeds will see beneficiaries from the six sub counties plant up to 3,000 acres of maize.
Speaking while flagging off the seeds at the County headquarters, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said the aim of distributing the seeds was to ensure that the residents were food secure.
He said the county had identified serious need among vulnerable groups for instance persons with disabilities, the poverty stricken and the ones affected by HIV.
“As a county we considered that the beneficiaries are overwhelmed by their situation and could not purchase the seeds by themselves in order to plant just like other residents,” said Sang.
Besides he said the county has embarked on farming high value crops like tea, coffee, macadamia, French beans and avacados to earn income for the farmers.
“We have already procured 150, 000 coffee seedlings and another 50,000 tea seedlings to boost their production for there’s a ready market overseas,” he added.
Particularly, the governor urged farmers to venture into French beans because they are profitable observing that in an acre, one earns an average of Sh40, 000 in just three months.
By Bethsheba Abuya

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