Ruto: diversify crop production to boost income

By Carol Njenga

Deputy President William Ruto is urging farmers in the Western region to embrace diversification in crop production to boost their earnings.

He says expanding crops to include horticulture and dairy farming will not only bridge the food security gap in the county but will also be a continuous source of income for families when one crop fails.

Sugar-cane farming in the Western region is on its knees due to a myriad of challenges affecting the sector ranging from poor yields, poor returns to political interference.

The fortunes of the once-flourishing industry have been diminishing with each passing day, forcing the farmers to uproot the cane.

During the three-day development tour to South Rift, Nyanza and Western regions Deputy President William Ruto urged farmers in the Western region to diversify to other crops instead of relying on sugarcane alone for their survival.

He says farmers in the region need to invest in dairy farming through keeping of modern dairy cows rather than relying on the traditional ones which cannot produce enough milk and meat to meet their needs.

The Deputy President said plans are underway to start Artificial Insemination centers in the region to cater for the needs of dairy farmers.

He said the Government has embarked on a programme that is expected to provide 30 milk coolers to Bungoma County by February next year.

This will go a long way in boosting the production of milk and get rid of middlemen and unscrupulous milk vendors.

The Deputy President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa, Dan Wanyama (MP Webuye West), John Waluke (MP Sirisia), Reginalda Wanyonyi (MP Bungoma), Janet Nangabo (MP Trans Nzoia) and Robert Pukose (MP Entebes).


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