Cotton farmers will get hybrid cotton seeds for planting during the long rains season. Agriculture CAS Ann Nyaga said the government has procured 16 tonnes of non-genetically modified hybrid cotton seeds to be distributed in cotton growing counties. These counties include; Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Busia, Bungoma, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River and Lamu counties.
Nyaga spoke on Wednesday while flagging off the imported seeds for Western, Nyanza, Coast and Rift Valley regions at Kilimo House
According to Nyaga, the certified hybrid seeds can produce over 2,000kg seed cotton per hectare against the current average yield of 572 kg per hectare.
“It is anticipated that with this and other targeted interventions in the pipeline, cotton production in the country will experience a rebound and earnings to cotton farmers will significantly improve,” she said. The government also plans to establish 720 demonstration sites of Bt cotton in the same counties where the non-Bt hybrid seed will be grown.