KNA Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has asked farmers to diversify their farming to ensure a sustainable and continuous income generating agriculture.
He spoke to farmers at the Agricultural Society of Kenya Show Grounds where he launched the distribution of avocado seedlings to farmers to encourage farmers take up avocado farming in Uasin Gishu County.
The county has so far distributed 183,000 avocado seedlings to farmers. “I urge you to diversify. Other than Avocado, you can also plant macadamia nuts, passion fruits and even French beans,” Mandago said
The county has scaled up and invested in horticulture farming, to encourage and enable exports from the county in a partnership between the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the County government, which will enable farmers to export avocado from Uasin Gishu and access the international marketplace.
In the event, he also encouraged women to join in horticulture farming, and more specifically agribusiness as there are so many opportunities for women in farming.
He encouraged all to take advantage of all opportunities availed to them to succeed and maintain a livelihood from horticulture farming
“I am not saying that you stop farming maize, my main emphasis is on diversification and not depending on one crop for yields,” he added.
He also urged the farmers to mentor young people into farming and encourage their children to take up farming as an economic activity to prevent a lazy and unproductive generation.