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Gov’t registers over 4 million farmers in five months

Rift Valley region leads with over 1.2 million registered farmers.

A total of 4, 287,713 farmers have been registered across the country in the past five months as government intensifies efforts to boost food production.

According to data released by the Ministry of Interior, Rift Valley region accounts for over 1.2 million farmers followed by the Eastern region which has registered 888,675 farmers.

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Nyanza, Western, and Central Kenya have crossed the half-a-million mark, capturing the details of 663,438, 614,146, and 591,776 farmers respectively.

The Coast region has compiled a list of 235,779 farmers, while North Eastern (44,679) and Nairobi (6,738) close the list with the lowest numbers so far.

Further, a total of 16 counties have filed a significantly high number of registered farmers, with all of them crossing the 100,000 mark.

Nakuru is currently the frontrunner in the exercise with a count of 230,787 farmers. Bungoma is second with 203,310, then followed closely by Kakamega, which has 203,173 farmers’ details in its records.

Participation in the exercise is also high in Meru, where a total of 197,048 farmers have availed their personal information for registration.

Isiolo, Mombasa, Marsabit, Wajir, and Garissa have recorded relatively low numbers of under ten thousand registered farmers each.

The registration exercise which kicked off in January intents to establish a national database of all farmers, detailing their profiles, location, and crop acreage among other identifiers.

“It is through the database that the government has determined the level of support and extension services needed by each farmer, a move that has also facilitated the ongoing distribution of fertilizer,” read a statement from the Interior Ministry

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