The County Government of Nakuru, under the governance of H.E. Governor Lee Kinyanjui, has been able to allocate adequate resources to the priority agricultural sector.
The agriculture directorates are vital enterprises that are considered key drivers not only for Nakuru County but also the national economic growth and for the critical attainment of the 10% economic growth rate envisaged under Kenya Vision 2030.
The Ministry of Agriculture, led by its CECM Dr. Immaculate Maina, has done a lot to enhance the dissemination of agriculture information to the farming communities for improved agriculture productivity, food security and farm incomes.
Through extension services, there’s enhanced capacity in dissemination and adoption of modern and appropriate technologies.
The ministry has put in place measures to ensure rigorous extension services through the officers and the Nakuru Farmers Call Center done to enhance the growth and development of small-scale farmers, the Minister says.
In heightening aquaculture development and productivity, the ministry through the officers has had continued planned individual farm visits and exchange visits. In addition to that, the department has been able to restock ponds and dams to increase the fish population within the county.
There has been improved farm productivity, market access, and market information through partnerships with stakeholders who have set aside funds to support farmers. Incentives like NARIGP, KCEP, and SDCP has seen farmers register high yields and income after the implementation of the programs.
To help avocado farmers, who have for the longest time been ripped off by brokers by buying at Sh. 8 from farmers who in turn sell them to the highest bidders at Sh. 32, the County Government is lobbying for conversations to help market the avocados directly to the buyers through county support.
The directorate of livestock has supported farmers through free vaccination to animals to strengthen the animals’ health and by giving affordable AI services to improve breeding.