Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Eng. John Barorot on Tuesday represented H.E Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii as he presided over the distribution of subsidized fertilizer at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Eldoret Branch.

This event marked a significant step towards supporting local farmers and improving agricultural productivity in the region.

Eng. Barorot, in his address during the flagging off of the fertilizer distribution, commended the hard work and dedication of the farmers.

He highlighted the impressive achievement of last year, where Uasin Gishu farmers managed to produce over 6 million bags of maize.

This success, he believes, will only continue to grow with the early distribution of fertilizer this year.

Eng. Barorot called on farmers to take advantage of the subsidized fertilizer and prepare early for the upcoming planting season. He reiterated the importance of timely preparation in agriculture and believes that this opportunity will enable farmers to maximize their yields and ultimately improve their livelihoods.

According to Barorot, farmers in Uasin Gishu County have long relied on agriculture as their main source of income. However, the high cost of inputs, such as fertilizers, has made it difficult for them to compete in the market.

The Deputy Governor also acknowledged the efforts of the NCPB in ensuring the smooth distribution of subsidized fertilizer.

He lauded their commitment to supporting farmers and facilitating the growth of the agricultural sector.

With this subsidy, the farmers will not only increase their productivity but also enable them to sell their produce at competitive prices.

Agriculture CECM Mr. Edward Sawe on his part said in addition to the subsidized fertilizer, the County Government is also implementing other programs to support farmers.

This includes training programs, access to credit facilities, and the establishment of market linkages to ensure that farmers can sell their produce without any intermediaries.

Sawe added that Governor Dr. Bii is working towards providing a comprehensive support system and also creating an enabling environment for farmers to thrive.

County Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Martha Cheruto called on farmers in Cooperative Societies to collect their fertilizer as groups to ease the distribution process.

Representatives from the ministry of Agriculture oversaw the exercise that is set to see hundreds of farmers benefit.

Chief Officers Mr Elphas Kesio (Agriculture), Nixon Cheplong (Livestock) were present during the exercise.