Dairy farmers from five cooperative societies covering 15 wards of Nyamira County, have been considered for a grant by the International Fund for Agriculture through the Small Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP), an initiative to boost farming.
Presenting the cheques to the societies at Nyamira South Sub-county offices, Governor John Nyagarama has cautioned farmers who received the grant to utilize them to uplift their farming, if they want further applications for funding to be considered.
The Governor also asked the farmers to diversify their farming and encouraged others to pursue modern dairy farming.
“We have markets for milk at your door step. Be encouraged to do kilimo biashara, a county inititiave through which I have provided coolers for milk. We have also made good roads for easier access and for transporting of your products to the markets,” said Nyagarama.
The governor also promised that the county government will continue training agriculture officers and farmers to ensure that famers are guided on better ways of doing dairy farming.
He further said that the county has been giving a low priced and high bleed Artificial insemination (AI) to farmers.
“We have put a lot of effort in agriculture because this is a sector in which if you fail, then you failed in everything” the Governor added.
Nyamira is the first county to launch the fund among the nine selected counties.
The Sh 1.5 million grant will benefit various groups among them BODAFA, Keroka, Gesima, Nyakongo and Nyachichi Cooperative Societies.