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Farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet county receive sorghum seeds

Farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County have benefitted from distribution of 12 metric tonnes of sorghum seeds in the Kerio Valley region in an exercise spearheaded by Governor Wisley Rotich.

This initiative is aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity and is anticipated to cover over 3,000 acres of farmland. 

Governor Rotich, while overseeing the distribution, expressed his optimism about the impact this move would have on the local farming community, “This initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing food security and increasing income for our farmers”. 

He added that with the disbursement of sorghum seeds, the county aims to harness the potential of the agricultural sector and uplift the livelihoods of the people. 

With an average yield of 8 bags per acre, farmers in the area are poised to harvest approximately 2,160 tonnes of sorghum, Governor Rotich explained, highlighting the potential for significant agricultural output.

The distribution of sorghum seeds comes at a crucial time as the region anticipates favorable weather conditions for planting. The Governor emphasized the importance of timely planting, urging farmers to capitalize on the ongoing rains.

“Now is the opportune moment to prepare your fields and sow these seeds,” urged Governor Rotich. ‘Let us seize this moment to maximize our agricultural output and secure a prosperous future for our county.” 

Contract farming has been established as a key component of this initiative, with the County Government partnering with East African Breweries Limited (EABL) to ensure a sustainable market for the produce.

Under the contract, EABL has committed to purchasing sorghum from local farmers at Sh45 per kilogram, providing a steady source of income for the agricultural community.

“This partnership with EABL exemplifies our commitment to creating economic opportunities for our farmers,” remarked Governor Rotich. “By securing a reliable market for their produce, we are empowering our farmers to thrive and contribute to the economic growth of our county.”

While the governor led the distribution efforts in one part of the Valley, Deputy Governor Prof. Grace Cheserek, along with county officials, oversaw the exercise in other areas including Endo, Lower Emsoo, and Lower Tambach.

Today similar distribution exercises are scheduled to take place in lower Sambirir, Arror, Soy North, and Soy South, ensuring widespread coverage and inclusivity in reaching farmers across the county. 

He affirmed that the distribution of sorghum seeds represents not only a tangible investment in the agricultural sector but also a symbolic gesture of hope and prosperity for the farming community of Elgeyo Marakwet County.

With the seeds of opportunity sown, the future looks promising for farmers in the region, poised to reap the rewards of their hard work and dedication.

By Rennish Okong’o 

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