BY KAHONZI KALIWA
Over 15 thousands farmers in Kwale County will benefit from free seeds issued by the county government.
Speaking during the launch of the project the area governor Salim Mvurya revealed that a total of shillings 24 million was used to buy 100 tons of maize seeds.
These will in turn be distributed to 700 farmers in all 20 wards of Kwale County.
Mvurya said the move is to ensure food security in the county hence eradicate poverty.
He added that first priority of this project is to the farmers from poor family where at least two acres of their farms will be ploughed free of charge.
“Kwale County is among the counties in this country that face food scarcity forcing her citizen to depend on relief food from the government.” Observed the governor.
The county boss singled out residents of Kinango and Lungalunga sub counties because the soil is poor in agriculture.
“We have decided to buy hybrid seeds that take a short period to mature and thus enhance food security throughout the year” said the county chief.
He further stated that his administration has purchased 2 more tractors which makes a total number of 44 tractors in the county that are expected to give free services to farmers.
Mvurya has now called upon the farmers to embrace modern agricultural technology in order to relieve the county from hunger.
“I understand for the past 6 years when this project was initiated some farmers sold the free seeds that we gave them and others used the seeds as food. If we want this project to succeed let us use these seeds for the purpose they are meant for,” added the governor.
Mvurya cautioned tractor operators against asking for charges from the farmers before and after ploughing since the services are totally free.
“Who asks for any money will face displinary action and as such we are calling upon the farmer who fall victim to these unscrupulous people to report to my office as soon as possible.” warned the governor.