NAKURU, Kenya 18th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today commissioned the third phase of the free pyrethrum seedlings program where 125 farmers from Bahati constituency received 5,500 seedlings each as the revival of the once lucrative cash crop gathered speed.
The farmers who all belong to various co-operatives received a total of 690,000 seedlings which they will be able to start of pyrethrum farming.
This follows the previous phases where Kinungi, Molo, Kuresoi North and South farmers received the free seedlings.
Governor Mbugua urged the farmers to practice the best farming methods to be able to reap from the huge potential the crop has always had.
“We have so many agricultural officers on the ground who are very experienced and all you have to do is to get in touch with them and they will show you how to best grow this crops and get better yields.”
In first phase 165,000 seedlings were distributed to 28 farmers from Kinungi and surrounding areas from the total of 1.1 million, each farmer receiving 3,000 seedlings to plant on quarter acres of land.
At the same function, Governor Mbugua asked Nakuru County residents to shun divisive politics and instead pursue the greater agenda of the County’s transformation.
He has made it clear that he is and will continue to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government to bring development to the County of Nakuru.
Addressing the farmers, Governor Mbugua reiterated his call that it’s time to work and not engage in local politics’.
“We must be loyal to our president because whatever I have to do, I do it within the leadership of our president. Let’s stop politicizing everything, the time we have now is just for working and delivering on our promises when you elected us to be your leaders.”
Speaking at the same function Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri lauded the selfless work that the Governor has been undertaking saying this is the noteworthy leadership style we all yearn for.
“We thank you Governor Mbugua for the steadfast leadership we witness from you. More importantly the way you work and unite with the other leaders from around the County. Your selflessness is one to be admired and we respect you for that immensely.”
Later Governor Mbugua and MP Kimani Ngunjiri commissioned an ambulance which was donated by Geothermal Development Company (GDC) to be used by Bahati Hospital.
The two leaders also inspected the rehabilitation of the operation theatre and maternity ward at the hospital.
The facility once fully operational will help families save on the costs of referral to Nakuru Level 5 hospital, which is fifty kilometers away.
The function was also attended by CeC Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, CO Agriculture Purity Muritu, Bahati DC, Agricultural officers from the County.