In an effort to promote agricultural entrepreneurship and improve farming practices, The County Government of Uasin Gishu through NAVCDP has initiated a comprehensive farmers registration program where the recently selected supervisors were trained at the Teachers Advisory Centre (TAC) centre.

On Monday Agriculture Executive Edward Sawe noted that the objective of this initiative is to equip the supervisors with the necessary knowledge and skills required to effectively carry out their duties.

“As part of this program, we have the capacity to build the supervisors who will soon be responsible for training 336 Agripreneurs,” says Sawe.

He also said that by imparting knowledge and skills to Agripreneurs, supervisors will stimulate the growth of agricultural entrepreneurship, leading to increased productivity, innovation and economic development in the agricultural sector.

The exercise that started last week saw the selection of over 380 staff who would be participating in the exercise.

Currently, the training program has entered its second phase where the selected staff members are being provided with in-depth knowledge and practical skills.

“This phase aims to enhance supervisors’ understanding of various agricultural practices and methodologies, enabling them to deliver accurate information for the department,” adds Sawe

The first phase saw the selection of qualified staff which entailed six senior supervisors, eight assistant ward-based supervisors, 29 ward-based supervisors and 336 Agripreneurs

The Departmental Boss further expressed Governor Jonathan Bii’s commitment to improving the quality of service offered to residents across the county.

Agriculture Chief Officer Elphas Kesio noted that the third phase of the program will involve a farmer registration exercise, where the trained staff will be officially designated as qualified information providers.

“This registration process will further ensure that only competent individuals are authorized to disseminate agricultural information to the public, thereby enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the information delivered,”says Kesio

On his part, Livestock Chief Officer Nixon Cheplong, the farmer registration program will not only enable better planning and resource allocation but also establish a direct line of communication between the government, farmers, and various agricultural stakeholders.

NAVCDP project coordinator Mr Cosmas Lang’at, Directors Reuben Seroney (Agriculture), Dr. Philip Biama (Veterinary) Edna Butia (Fisheries) and Janet Rotich (AMS) among those who attended the training