The Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Elgeyo Marakwet unit, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, flagged off nine motorcycles meant to ease extension services and data collection in six implementing wards across the County.
Presiding over the event, the Chairperson Agriculture Committee in the County Assembly of Elgeyo Marakwet Jonah Tanui applauded the project, citing that farmer groups will now receive extension services easily.
He noted the dedication of staff and service providers that have shown since the inception of the project commenting that it’s worth being emulated.
“I am really humbled to be part of this noble course, this project has touched the lives of many and improved productivity in all value chains supported by the project,” Tanui said.
He further noted that the program has touched the lives of many.
Joseph Kiyeng, the Elgeyo Marakwet County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Livestock, asked the farmer groups to embrace project ownership for sustainability even as the program is about to end.
He said Elgeyo Marakwet County is privileged to have attracted other partners such as Agriculture Sector Development support program (ASDSP).
“As a county, we are blessed as we have attracted Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture, and Agricultural Sector Development Support Program and many other partners all supporting agriculture and livestock in our county,” said Kiyeng.
The project has supported 365 micro-projects supporting over 7,000 farmers, and seven sub-projects at a tune of Ksh134 million.
One of the key objectives of this project is to increase productivity in four value chains which include; Irish potato, tomato, dairy cow, and indigenous chicken thus improving food security through the theme ‘Build Resilience to climate change and reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses’.