Turkana woos pastoralists into small-scale vegetable farming
Many trying outMore villagers are trying out the new concept. "At first we rejected the idea because we thought it would affect our grazing land and water. But now we know that it is our new beginning,” said Ekusi Muya. The concept has been a life changer for some villagers who no longer regard livestock as the main source of wealth. “We now know that we can even pay school fees for our children without depending on livestock. Some of us now supply fresh vegetables to secondary schools unlike before when all foodstuffs were brought from outside the county,” said Charles Ichumar.
SEE ALSO :Hunger stalks southern AfricaAgriculture Executive Chris Aletia said the county government would establish more model farms in the region and increase acreage of the project. “The decision to establish agri-nutrition farms was informed by readily available markets, quick maturity of the crops chosen and diversifying sources of livelihoods for residents,” said Mr Aletia. Speaking at Lolupe in Loima sub-county when he commissioned a food security project, the Agriculture executive said the county would help farmers get market for the vegetables in local institutions as well as offer expert advice. “We will continue offering extension services to farmers and also impart knowledge on modern farming technologies. We must wipe out hunger in the region,” he said. Aletia assured farmers that the county would help fight Fall Armyworm and ensure the pests do not threaten their newfound livelihoods.
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