UASIN GISHU – Governor Jonathan Bii has outlined measures to bolster food security and support agricultural development in Uasin Gishu. Speaking at the East Africa Grain Council, North Rift Region Agribusiness Expo at the Eldoret National Polytechnic, Bii focused on the importance of adopting modern farming techniques to promote sustainable food systems.
According to Kenya News Agency, the Governor highlighted the county’s efforts in enhancing food security through improved agricultural practices and the construction of cereal stores to mitigate post-harvest losses. This initiative follows a positive assessment by an Infotrak survey, which placed the county at the forefront in agriculture with significant potential in crop production. Bii underscored investments in extension services and farmer training, which are crucial for excelling in modern agriculture and adapting to climate variability. The Governor encouraged farmers to utilize cereal stores and warehouse receipt systems to better manage their produce and maximize economic returns. Furthermore, the anticipated introduction of mobile dryers by the county, in conjunction with the national government, is expected to address moisture-related issues in maize and wheat. He also advised on the strategic planting of short-term crops to take advantage of the predicted rains, emphasizing the county’s shift towards high-value crops to elevate farmers’ economic status.