Uasin Gishu County Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno on Thursday hosted Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials who paid him a courtesy call.
The County and FAO are partnering in a project that seeks to enhance data and digital solutions.
FAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security has established Kenya Integrated Agriculture Management Information System (KIAMIS), an integrated module based on a digital platform that will allow a farmer to provide their details to be stored in a central farmers registry which will help the government in decision making.
Speaking during the meeting, the Deputy Governor praised the organization for coming up with a mechanism that will help lower the cost of production.
He further revealed the County Government of Uasin Gishu’s plans of changing the farmer’s economy through diversification.
The county under the leadership of Governor Jackson Mandago has been asking farmers to venture into crop diversification with a focus on high-value crops such as coffee, macadamia, avocado, and tissue bananas.
Over 6,000 farmers have been selected for a pilot project in Tapsagoi and Sergoit Wards. The farmers are among the first beneficiaries of the initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the support of the United Nations.