By Lizz Muthoka and Yoana kimwele
Kitui County is set to unveil a plan that will see locals from areas that previously relied on charcoal burning improve their standards of living.
This was revealed by Governor Charity Ngilu yesterday during the meeting with administrators and Agricultural officers at Kitui Stadium.”We are going to set some money to buy goats and issue them to people in places where we banned charcoal” She said.
Kitui banned charcoal and sand business as a way to spearhead the environmental conservation efforts and improve on water catchment areas.The governor advised alternative methods, like the Ndengu Revolution that saw the county attain food security and the chicken rearing initiative to promote agribusiness in the county.
The governor said the county through the ministry of Agriculture, Water and Livestock development had initiated Meander irrigation where farmers benefited from horticultural seeds for planting, pesticides for spraying the crops, training from Agriculture extension officers and the farm ploughing programme.
Other areas include the garment making industry located at Syongila meant to relieve parents of high uniform cost and boost the county’s economy by retaining the Billions of money spent on uniform importation from other counties.
The livestock production programme which is set to be launched today seeks to increase yields and improve cattle breeds within the county.Deputy Governor Wathe Nzau called on farmers to embrace the program to ensure successful implementation of the AI idea.
“Growing pasture needs not a lot of rain, i therefore urge farmers to take this not only as a way of animal feeds to their animals but also as a way of improving your livelihoods”. He said.