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Invest in Agriculture to protect my legacy, Nandi residents told

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has urged locals to invest in Agriculture to increase food production and also protect his legacy.

Sang noted that his administration has spent a lot of money in building various factories in the county and it would be a waste of the tax payer’s money if raw materials, expected from farmers, are unavailable.

“The milk processing plant in Kabiyet will be fully functional in the next three months and it will require about 200,000 liters of milk daily, if that demand is not met, then close to Sh.800 million spent by the county government to establish the factory will go to waste,” he said

According to him, it would be shameful for the plant to be forced to source milk from other counties yet it was established specifically to address problems in the region.

Already Nandi Chicken Slaughterhouse which was launched three months ago to economically empower poultry farmers is facing a shortage of supply of chicken, he noted.

The slaughterhouse which is located within Kapsabet Municipality has a processing capacity of 500 birds per hour.

“My administration has prioritized farmers’ needs that’s why I am appealing to them to double their efforts. I want to be remembered for fully supporting farmers in the value addition of their produce,” he stated.

Speaking at the AIC Bible College in Kapsabet, the second-term governor listed a number of factories that are near completion which include a Coffee factory and an avocado processing factory.

He further urged coffee farmers to improve their production as one coffee tree in Nandi County produces about five Kilograms of berries yet the production was incredibly higher in other counties.

He also noted that the tree planting exercises could be made to yield double benefits, environmental and nutritional, if residents were to plant fruit trees, especially avocadoes in place of other species of trees.

By Linet Wafula

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