Farmers in rain deficit areas of Kieni West, Nyeri County have received a total of Sh37.7 million from a World Bank-funded initiative to boost their agricultural activities.
The farmers from Endarasha/Mwiyogo ward will benefit from the funding being disbursed through the Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Project (KCSAP) in a deliberate effort to empower them economically by financing agricultural sector programmes.
Kieni Dairy Products, a farmers’ owned company that serves farmers along with Aberdare ranges with eight affiliate dairy co-operatives societies, received Sh10 million to finance the expansion of its activities to allow it to serve more members.
Part of the money will also be used to expand its milk pasteurizer to aid in value addition and enable the company to increase its production capacity of pasteurized milk and yoghurt which is in high demand in Nyeri town and its environs.
Another Sh26.7 million was given to Mugunda Community Development Driven Committee to boost agricultural production among member farmers leading to improved livelihood in local households.
Kieni Dairy Farmers received 25 milk cans worth Sh300, 000 and farm inputs including seeds, chemicals and spray pumps worth Sh490, 000.
Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga who was accompanied by the area MP Kanini Kega, said local farmers have benefited immensely from the World Bank-funded programmes and expressed hope that additional money would be injected in order to uplift the living standards of people living in marginal areas.