As Covid-19 continues to distrupt agricultural value chains world over, the Lamu County Government through the department of Agriculture, Cooperative Development, Fisheries, and Water Services is raising up to the challenge and stepping up efforts to ensure a food secure Lamu .
Over 10,000 local small -holder farmers are set to benefit from free high yield PH4 maize seeds among others seeds including merica rice, cow peas, sorghum and green grams. The seeds are being procured from the Kenya seeds company; the only government agency mandated to supply the high quality planting seeds.
The County Government will issue a total of 107 metric tonnes of maize seeds this year, a big boost from the 40 metric tonnes distributed in 2020.
The first consignment of 28 tonnes of the high yield PH4 maize seeds has already been received and offloaded at Mokowe Cereal Board Stores. The distribution will be done by community seed distribution committees in collaboration with the department of Agriculture staff.
According to the latest UN estimates (SOFI 2020), across the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic had tipped as many as 132 million people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.
Governor Fahim Twaha says that, on-the-ground surveys being undertaken by Agriculture officials indicate that local small scale farmers are facing mounting challenges accessing inputs – such as seeds and fertilizers – because of rising prices and severely reduced household incomes.
Governor Fahim has further assured farmers that the subsidized mechanization initiative by department of Agriculture will continue as passed under the Financial Bill 2019, by the County Assembly of Lamu to cushion vulnerable farmers against the effects of Covid-19.
Under the initiative, 15 tractors strategically located in Witu, Mpeketoni, Hindi, Faza and Kiunga wards, will plough over 6,000 acres of farmland at a reduced price of Sh. 1000 per acre, from Sh. 2,000 per acre/half the market price.
The free high quality hybrid seeds are part of Governor Fahim’s effort to drastically raise food production in the county that will create a well nourished, food secure and resilient Lamu county population in now and post Covid-19 pandemic. This is consistent with the Governor’s manifesto, the national Big 4 Agenda, Vision 2030 and United Nations Agenda 2030 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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Lamu County Government Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org