The County Government of Siaya in collaboration with the National Government yesterday distributed 700 Avocado and Mango seedlings to farmers in South East Alego to enhance commercialization and avert food scarcity in the region.
County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Food, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Elizabeth Odhiambo who led a hands on training on the plantation of Hass Avocado variety at a Chief’s camp in Karemo told residents that this will be a continuous process to instill confidence among residents that this crop can do well in the region.
She added that Siaya has an average rainfall suitable for growing Avocado and residents shouldn’t relent in trying it out.
Mr. Charles Siso, the Chief Officer assured residents that there will be continuous extension services right from input supply to processing taking into account the latest innovations towards boosting production.
Also part of the activity was Agriculture Sector Development Support Program Phase II (ASDSP II) which was at the epicenter of promoting commercialization of the Mango Value Chain. Mr. Kenneth Owuor, the ASDSP II Coordinator said that the economic potential of Mango is yet to be fully tapped at a large extent and that farmers should make good use of the program’s services to help reduce post harvest losses, increase market demand by linking farmers to new potential buyers and appropriate value chain actors for financing. Mr. Owuor further confirmed that a total of 100 seedlings were sold at a unit cost of KShs.200.00
The distribution will continue in areas of North Alego, Siaya Township and Central Alego.