Kenya remains food insecure in both urban and rural areas due to weather related shocks, prevalence of pest and diseases and dwindling knowledge delivery systems of extension services on adoption of modern technology and competitive markets both locally and internationally.
Uasin Gishu County Crops Officer Mr. Joash Wafula said that there is mass exodus by farmers from maize to other high value crops such as coffee, macadamia and avocado. This, he noted, has been prompted by poor weather conditions and unpredictable market chains.
Uasin Gishu County is one of the counties regarded as a bread basket of our nation. The county covers an area of 3,346 km2, 301,110 and 213,982 farm families. According to Wafula, this means farm holding size on average is 10acres.
“On average 42 percent of the land holding is under commercial crop mainly maize, 12 percent is under subsistence cropping, 10 percent under improved pastures, 6 percent under wood lot, 9 percent is unusable and 5 percent under homestead,” he said
“Maize production has been a source of employment among the women and youth within the county.
He said maize production in Uasin Gishu last year was under 104,090 HA and were able to produce 3.6 Ton/HA this means a total production of 4,190,065 (90kg bags) was realized. This year’s production is 104,581 HA and a production of 5,019,888bags is expected this year.