Mechanized agriculture to empower Busia farmers

By KBC Reporter/KNA

Each sub county has received seven tractors and ploughs

Farmers in Busia are set for greater economic empowerment following the introduction of mechanized agriculture.

County, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong projects that farmers would earn 300 million shillings from farming activities this season.

They have been urged to utilize fertile soils in the area to diversify their food production to turn around their economy.

Within the confines of the program, 107 farmers have been facilitated with maize seeds and fertilizer in all the 35 wards in the County with an additional seven tractors and ploughs for each sub County.

The success of the program however is pegged on the adoption of crop diversification by the farmers. Area governor Sospeter

Ojaamong revealed that the county will soon be home to the first organic fertilizer plant in the country as he is working on the legalities of the establishment with South Korean investors.

In the insinuated mechanization program, the famers will receive Sorghum seeds and 50,000 tissue culture bananas worth 30 million shillings among other facilitations including financial aid.

In a statement, the governor said that Busia County Assembly has “…passed legislation on Agricultural Development Fund aimed at assisting our farmers in accessing affordable credit in their activities to better their livelihoods.”

The county government has also procured vaccines and equipment for Artificial Insemination and semen and encouraged residents to seize the opportunity and have their livestock vaccinated and served with the superior quality semen.

Ojaamong was speaking at the Busia Stakeholders Field Day held at Busia Agricultural Training Centre.