More extension officers for Uasin Gishu farmers

Uasin Gishu County government has trained extension officers to help farmers boost their produce.

The two-day training aimed at equipping the officers with necessary information on ways of relating well with farmers and enlightening them on profitable farming ventures.

The extension officers stationed in all the 30 wards in the county will be in charge of cultivation of avocados, macademia, coffee and banana from planting to harvesting.

County Executive Commitee Member for Agriculture Samuel Yego said, “the officers will now transfer the information acquired to farmers.”

Yego urged the extension officers to remain close to the farmers and feed them with the correct information on crop production.

“Let’s have a joint effort. We can’t afford to lose crops due to negligent. Assist farmers. Be closer to them and give them the right information. Guide them to do the right thing and support  them,” said Yego, during the training which was held recently.

Chief Officer in the department, Julius Rotich who was also present said: “If the farmers mishandle seedlings given by the government, they have to pay for it. This is a huge investment.”

The distribution excise will kick off on tomorrow Wednesday.

150,000 seedlings will be given, alongside 40,000 of avocado, 8,000 of macadamia and 20,000 of bananas.

CAPTION: Samuel Yego who is the CEC for Agriculture in Uasin Gishu County addressing extension officers after the training. PHOTO/Edmond Kipngeno.

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