New Motorcycles To Facilitate Extension, Data Collection Services
Farmers in Laikipia County have received a major boost in technical support after nine new motorcycles were sent to facilitate Extension services and data collection across the county.
During the flagging off ceremony of the new machinery on June 18, 2022, Emily Kioko Chief Officer Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, said that from the nine, some will be used for extension services, and the rest for data collection.
Five of the new machinery will be used in market data collection activities under the Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project, while the other four will be used to serve in enhancing agricultural extension services in selected administrative wards through the county agricultural extension officers.she said.
Agriculture being Laikipia County's iconic backbone has created a need to propel it to much productive activity. With joint support from the Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project, the county government has seen an increased value chain in the vital economic sector.
The department has 86 newly employed staff that will be facilitated in their movement to reach the farmers using the acquired machinery. Mobility is a key factor in making agricultural extension activity a success. The new motorcycles form part of the great milestone in implementing the project.
Out of the selected 15 administrative wards, the nine motorcycles add up to a 60% success rate of the agricultural support activity.