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Friday, 14 Jul 2017 13:49 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Over 140,000 people in the country are set to benefit from a 5 year European Union (EU) funded food security Programme. The Sh770 million scheme is aimed at adding value to the production, processing, marketing and sale of cassava as it a dry land tolerant crop in the country.
The counties that earmarked to benefit from the programme include, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Kitui and Kilifi. The project farmers will receive training in production, processing of other new cash crops.
Average production of subsistence farmers is aimed at increasing from 2.5 metric tones per acre to 7 metric tones per acre, while that for pre-commercial farmers will be increasing from 5 metric tones to 10 metric tones per acre.
The main challenges facing root and tuber crops include, weak stakeholders and also high losses as a result of infestation of pests and diseases.
Rafiki Micro Finance will collaborate with EU by providing farmers with startup finances and access to credit. Farmers are urged to embrace the farming of cassava in this period where maize has become a problem. Cassava can be used as an alternative source of carbohydrates to cereals as well as it can be used as animal feed to livestock.