County, Cargill Kenya Ltd partner to train farmers on proper post-harvest handling mechanisms
The County Government of Nakuru has continuously provided a conducive environment for Public-Private Partnerships to increase the value of farm produce for grain farmers and add value by connecting them to markets across the County.
Officials from Cargill Kenya Limited paid a courtesy call to Agriculture CECM Dr Immaculate Maina to discuss strategies to increase capacity in the uptake of Maize and Wheat from farmers to the warehouse.
During the meeting, it was agreed that farmers will be trained on how to ensure the quality of their grains is achieved and inform them about the ready market for their produce.
Agriculture CECM Dr Immaculate Maina said the partnership will not only help boost the efforts by National Cereals and Produce Board to trade commercially in agricultural commodities but also help reduce post-harvest losses since the organization provides cleaning, drying and storage services.
The partnership will target farmers and organized groups to increase productivity and profitability.
Dr Maina further said the County Government will have consultations with the Cereals Growers Association to reach a huge number of grain farmers and strengthen the ability to offer services to small scale and commercial farmers in the county.