State launches crop and livestock insurance

By KBC reporters

The government in partnership with financial institutions has launched a crop and livestock insurance project in a bid to cushion farmers against adverse effects of climate change.

The program to be piloted in Nakuru, Bungoma and Embu counties is expected to create a safety net for more than 180,000 crop and livestock farmers to encourage them invest in their farms, raise productivity and reduce the risks financial institutions face when lending in agriculture.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu says the program will be rolled out at a cost of 56 million shillings and will be modeled on the livestock, wheat and maize crops with the aim of cushioning farmers against losses as a result of climate change.

The second phase of the project that will target Wajir, Isiolo Marsabit, Mandera and Tana River Counties will benefit an additional 54,000 households.

Under the deal, the Ministry of Agriculture will provide subsidized drought resistant seeds and fertilizer to the selected farmers.

The program will also benefit Meru, Kitui, Narok, Homa Bay and Laikipia Counties.

This will bring the total coverage of crops under insurance to 300,000 hectares by the year 2019.

Elsewhere, Farmers in Kigumo, Muranga County have adopted the use of biogas in their homes which has significantly reduced their daily expenses. The National Biogas Installation program has since seen over 13,000 households adopt the renewable energy.

Kangari zone of Kigumo, Muranga County leads with over 100 biogas plants constructed in the area, costing between 90,000 shillings and 150,000 shillings.

Farmers who have benefited from this program have applied it in their daily use like cooking, lighting and other domestic chores.

The use of renewable energy has among others benefited the area with conservation of trees, reduction in the cost of living, better healthy living conditions as well as cheaper budgets for schools in the area.

Farmers across the country are being advised to turn to green energy which is more cost effective.

  

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