Farmers in Vihiga County are set to benefit from extension services after the Governor commissioned two vehicles and 20 motorcycles.
Under the auspices of National Agricultural Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) component three which deals with capacity building of county Governments to support community led development initiatives, extension officers will move with ease reaching out to farmers and giving information on the right farming methods and technology.
Speaking during the commissioning, Governor Ottichilo said NARIGP has been instrumental in inculcating new technology in farming and making Vihiga farmers move from the traditional subsistence farming to agribusiness. The procured vehicles and motorcycles will go a long way in extension services for farmers to upscale production while harnessing new farming technologies. The Governor said that capacity building is a critical ingredient in ensuring success of NARIGP. " Am challenging our youths to take agribusiness seriously because it pays handsomely than formal employment," said the Governor.
100 youths have been trained as Community Facilitators for the Field Farmer Schools (FFS) that will be educating farmers on the best farming practices. The FFS program will run for 20 weeks and aims to build capacity on new farming technologies to farmers.
Deputy Governor Dr. Patrick Saisi said extension services to farmers is critical because it makes farmers have the right information and get it right. He said vehicles and motorcycles easing movement of extension officers, farmers will have an opportunity to double their profits in agribusiness, an attribute he said will have a multiplier effect on food production in the county.
Agriculture CECM Geoffrey Vukaya said NARIGP operation period in the County has been extended from 2021 to 2023 and challenged farmers to take advantage of it and venture into agribusiness.
Chief officer for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Pamela Busungu said extension services to farmers will enable Vihiga curb the perennial food shortage because farmers will have knowledge on the best farming practices on small acreages.