, KAKAMEGA, Kenya Nov 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for diversification of crop production in Western Kenya, saying the move will boost farming in the region.
While assuring cane farmers of his Government’s commitment to revive sugar factories in the region, President Kenyatta said relying on cane growing only will deny the farmers the opportunity to exploit fully the production capacity of their farms.
“Let us diversify our production to include horticulture and dairy farming so that we can have a continuous source of income instead of focusing on only one crop,” President Kenyatta said.
The President was speaking Saturday evening during when he hosted Western leaders at Kakamega State Lodge.
President Kenyatta emphasised his Government’s readiness to work with all leaders in serving Kenyans without discrimination.
He disclosed that plans were underway put up milk cooling plants in every constituency to promote dairy farming. The President said he was also consulting with leaders from the region to ensure that factories that had collapsed including the Webuye Pan Paper mill are revived.
“These are the developments that we want to discuss with leaders about, so that we can assist our farmers and improve the lives of Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya assured the President of the support of the people from Western Kenya, noting that the Head of State’s visits to the region always came with benefits to residents.
“The first time you visited us, you came with Sh1 billion to revive Mumias Sugar Company. Today you have come and Kibabii has received a charter, making it the second fully-fledged university in the region,” Governor Oparanya said.
He added: “Do not listen to the noise some people are making. We want to assure you that the people at the grassroots appreciate what you are doing for this country,” Governor Oparanya said.
Western Parliamentary Caucus Chairman Sakwa Bunyasi thanked the President for his commitment to fulfil the promises he made to the region.
“We are encouraged to note that are making a follow-up and ensuring that the ‘list of to-do-things’ for this region is addressed. Some of the footprints you are going to leave in this region are in the education, agriculture, infrastructure and water sectors,” Mr. Bunyasi said.
The meeting was attended by leaders from all counties in the Western region.