Farmers in Thegu River ward in Kieni East sub-county Nyeri County have benefited with farm equipment from the county government of Nyeri.
The farm items which include: 14 chaff cutters, 10 forage choppers and three bean threshers to Gathathi-ini Men Self Help Group from the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme Project (KCSAP) will help in boosting food production and livestock farming in the area.
Speaking at Kieni when he issued the farm equipment to farmers, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga urged the area residents to form more community groups so that they can benefit from such projects in order to enhance their lives wholly.
He said in Thegu River ward, KCSAP in conjunction with the County Government of Nyeri, has funded 31 farmer groups who have benefitted with over Sh. 26 Million under micro project funding.
The funding has gone to four value chains namely, Dairy cow value chain, Indigenous chicken value chain, Irish Potato value chin, beans value chain and natural resource management.
KCSAP is a World Bank funded project which is running in 24 counties nationally. In 2020, Nyeri County was awarded number one for the implementation of KCSAP projects.
KSCAP which aims at increasing agricultural productivity and building resilience to climate change risk is being implemented in three sub-counties in Nyeri County which are Kieni West, Kieni East and Mukurwe-ini sub-counties.
Kahiga added that the County Government is committed to continue collaborating with KCSAP to increase agricultural productivity in the county, adding that agriculture is the backbone of our economy.
By Beth Ndirangu