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ICT centre to help farmers market their produce

By - Faith Ronoh | Published Mon, September 3rd 2012 at 00:00, Updated September 2nd 2012 at 22:22 GMT +3

By Faith Ronoh

Farmers in potato growing zones of Elgeyo/Marakwet will benefit from a computerised marketing strategy launched by the Anglican Church in the region.

The church set up an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre in Keiyo South to help farmers identify good markets for their produce.

The Eldoret Anglican diocese, through its Christian Community Services, launched the centre that will offer local farmers free access to the Internet.

Through the technology, farmers will make enquiries and get responses on the prices of different product prices. ACK Bishop Christopher Ruto, who attended the launch at Chepkorio Division, said the new development would boost farmers’ productivity.

The platform would also minimise exploitation of farmers by middlemen.

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Leaders eyeing the region’s Senate seat, including former cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott and Kipchumba Murkomen attended the launch.

They called for unity among the residents to ensure that the next elections are held in a peaceful environment.


“I have been around to witness URP grassroots elections within the county and I am impressed by how they have been conducted,” said Murkomen.

Mr Murkomen lauded the peaceful grassroots URP delegates elections in the region and assured residents that he was ready to serve them with commitment if elected Senator.

Mr Biwott who is eying the same seat on a National Vision Party ticket promised improved infrastructure within the county if elected.

He said his priority would be improvement of roads within the county to enable farmers to exploit the full potential of the region.

Tabitha Seii, who will also contest for the same seat said: “I have been in the field of politics for a long time and I believe I have all it takes to serve the people.”