Agriculture Chief Officer, Mr. Elphas Kesio accompanied by his Cooperative counterpart, Ms. Ruth Samoei on Thursday visited Kipkabus cereal store in Ainabkoi Sub-County to inspect the distribution of the last mile subsidized fertilizer at the grassroot level where large number of farmers turned up to collect.

The platform provided an opportunity for the County officials to reassure farmers of the Government’s commitment to support them.

Mr. Kesio reiterated H.E Governor Jonathan Bii’s plans to improve the sector through purchasing of modern equipment for farmers to use at Agricultural Mechanization Services(AMS), enhancing the value chain of high-value crops such as maize, and offering training programs for farmers, among other initiatives.

Chief officer for Cooperatives Ms. Ruth Samoei, stressed the importance of farmers joining cooperatives to prevent exploitation by brokers pointing out that brokers were selling more maize, milk, and other farm produce than farmers, despite not being involved in the value chain during production.

She emphasized the significance of farmers uniting to collectively store their produce therefore strengthening their bargaining power.

They later joined Tarakwa Ward Member of County Assembly Hon. Thomas Yego, and together paid a visit to Cheboror and inspected Olenguse farmers cooperative store that is set to be used as a distribution centre for the last mile subsidized fertilizer.

In a visit to Cheboror farm, the Chief Officers, assured farmers of Governor Bii’s administration’s unwavering commitment to supporting them.