Nakuru County to invest heavily in Agriculture

The newly inaugurated Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and former Governor Kinuthia Mbugua during a swearing in ceremony in Nakuru showground on 21/08/2017.Photo/Ben Ndonga

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has said he will revive Pyrethrum and Irish potatoes sector in the county. “We shall work with industry stakeholders to create storage services for potato farmers in Mau Narok, Molo and Kuresoi regions. This will cushion farmers from the erratic price attritions and improve their profitability,” Kinyanjui said on 23rd August 2017.

He was speaking at a rally in Nakuru. The former NTSA boss had built part of his campaign on this pledge. “Our parents sold pyrethrum to educate us. If elected, my first major task will be to revive the sector,” he said in April. Governor Kinyanjui was concerned about the county’s huge potential in agriculture that is dormant.

A Potato farmer in Nakuru County (Photo credit — BuzzKenya.com)

He noted that agriculture support bodies have been closing down over the years and said he would seek the national government’s support to revive them. “Agriculture begins with research on base factories and dissemination of the same to farmers. From seed propagation, crop management harvesting, storage and marketing and value additions.”

Nakuru’s women representative Liza Chelule also said that Agriculture presents a better opportunity to empower women and youth. She added that investing in agriculture will secure the county’s food position.