November 23rd 2017

Business / Economy

Governor Ngilu launches food security measures ahead of rains

In an exercise geared towards increasing farm inputs, Kenya Red Cross will collaborate with the county government to secure ready market for the farmers by assisting them join cooperative societies that can market their produce in bulk.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 10 Oct 2017 13:15 EAT

Governor Ngilu with Red Cross Secretary General Dr Abbas Gullet distribute seeds to farmers.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu in conjunction with Kenya Red Cross officials have officially launched food security mitigation measures for the county as farmers prepare for the coming rains. In addition to supporting farmers access seeds, the county government will assist farmers to access agricultural extension services and technical advice from agricultural experts.

In an exercise geared towards increasing farm inputs, Kenya Red Cross will collaborate with the county government to secure ready market for the farmers by assisting them join cooperative societies that can market their produce in bulk.

The Red Cross had listed Kitui as one of the regions most affected by the impact of the failed rains that have occasioned the current drought crisis in Kenya.

The exercise dubed Ndengu Revolution was launched in County Government offices by Governor Ngilu and Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet on Monday evening.


One of the trucks mobilised in the campaign.

Earlier, Deputy Governor Wathe Nzau received a fleet of trucks loaded with Ndengu seeds at Kwavonza Town and thereafter meant a stop over at Syongila before heading to Kitui Town. Ndengu Revolution intends to increase value addition to Ndengu farming business as well as boosting food security.

Meanwhile Ngilu this morning addressed the committee responsible for Ndengu seeds distribution. The meeting comprised the County Government of Kitui top officials and the Kenya Red Cross seeking to put forward the possible measures that will see all farmers benefit from the joint initiative.

The plan seeks to ensure that over 200,000 households benefit from the partnership countywide.

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