Kisumu farmers bailed out with funds for farming

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Kisumu farmers are being presented a cheque that was received by Deputy Governor Mathews Owili.

Farmers in Kisumu County has benefitted from Sh. 51.6 million from World Bank under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project.

The county executive member for agriculture Gilchrest Okuom says the funds are meant to benefit farmers embark on serious farming.

Okuom says due to climate change farmers have run into losses thus the funds to cushion them from effects of climate.

Speaking during the issuance of cheques to farmers in Kisumu, Okuom says the farmers groups had sent proposals for the funds.

He says only three constituencies that include Kisumu East, Nyando and Nyakach that were identified for the project.

Okuom says the project aims at increasing agricultural productivity and building resilience to climate change risks in targeted small holder farming.

He Announced that priority value chains under the project includes cassava, millet, green grams, sorghum, potatoes, poultry and aquaculture.

Okuom says the funds are revolving and through seeds other farmer will be brought on board to scale it up.

The five year project sets to scale up climate smart agricultural practices strengthen and support research work.