State to pump Sh2.6bn into projects for coun­ties in hor­ti­cul­ture-rich re­gions

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The gov­ern­ment plans to spend Sh2.6 bil­lion to de­velop in­fra­struc­ture in more than 39 coun­ties where hor­ti­cul­ture is prac­tised. Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture’s Philip Ma­chete said the funds will re­ha­bil­i­tate roads and bridges to en­able farm­ers trans­port their pro­duce and re­duce food wastage and loss. “Over 700,000 farm­ers will ben­e­fit from the mar­kets and we project that Sh56 bil­lion will be trans­acted ev­ery year if the mar­kets are fully utilised,” he said. The eight-year project will be im­ple­mented in Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Nandi, Kisii, Bomet, Keri­cho, Embu, Nyan­darua and Bun­goma coun­ties with fund­ing from IFAD and the gov­ern­ment. Ma­chete said the project will im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity as farm­ers will ac­cess mar­kets. Re­gional di­rec­tor East Africa Traid­craft Ex­change Yo­hannes Tes­famichael in Nairobi said 70 per cent of food in the world is pro­duced by small-scale farm­ers.

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