West Pokot County government has flagged off 381 tonnes (381, 000kgs) of certified maize seeds to all wards in readiness for this year’s planting season in a move to improve food security in the region.
The seeds will be distributed to farmers across all the 20 Wards to cover approximately 88, 100 acres for the oncoming planting season.
Speaking at Makutano Stadium while flagging off the seeds to various wards, area Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo said the county was a victim of drought and the farmers experienced 85 per cent crop failure which has resulted to food shortage.
Prof. Lonyangapuo called on the farmers in the region to prepare their farms early in anticipation for the March, April and May long rains.
“Although the maize seeds will not be sufficient for all the farmers, those most vulnerable will be given priority,” stated the governor.
He expressed confidence that his administration will continue supporting farmers across the county, calling on politicians in the region to support his quest in supporting locals and implementing his development plans.
By Richard Muhambe