His Excellency the Governor Ndiritu Muriithi Will be On 10 Day Tour around the County beginning 3rd of February 2018.
Laikipia county government is set to roll out the second phase of contract farming next month as part of an initiative of making agriculture profitable for farmers. His Excellency the Governor Ndiritu Muriithi Laikipia County will be on 10 Day tour around the county to market the same.
Hi Excellency will also use the opportunity to recruit households into the National Hospital Insurance Fund with the aim of achieving a universal healthcare for the residents across county. On Saturday 3rd Feb 2018 he will be in Ngarengiro (Lamuria) to launch the Lamuria market stalls, NHIF registration which he promised to cost share with each household and also to set ground for installation of a theatre in Lamuria dispensary. Later on the same day he will be expected in Makutano and Wiyumiririe.
The rollout will take place in all the wards between February 2-10 where farmers will be linked with buyers, processors, farming experts and extension officers.
“Our goal is to provide an afro-package to generate at least 216,000 shillings per year,” acting Agriculture chief officer Daniel Thuo said.
Sorghum farming has attracted a lot of interest from farmers after East African Breweries through its subsidiary East African Maltings expressed interest in buying up to 30,000 metric tonnes from Laikipia.
More than 3,860 farmers have signed contracts with the East African Breweries for sorghum farming since the launch of the first phase on September 21 last year.
The county government partially funded 204 farmers with 559 acres to plant for last year’s short rains. More are expected to plant for the long rains in March.
Farming experts will outline the crops that are suitable for individual wards but the overall goal of the county government is publish a map of crops and livestock that are profitable to produce in every village.
Processors like Bidco, Twiga Foods, New KCC, and Ag Ventures will be represented. Farmers will be educated on ways of growing of various crops and the existing opportunities of making money through them