Her Excellency Ms. Caroline Vicini, the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya, has noted that Siaya County is at the fore front in implementing the ASDSP II programme towards food security and improving actors’ incomes as compared to other implementing counties.
While on an evaluation tour yesterday to value chain actors, the Ambassador expressed her delight in view of women and youth inclusiveness in income generation ventures. She added that the Swedish Government is largely mainstreaming youth and women participation in all its programmes and Siaya County has greatly responded to the call with great impetus.
“Its marvelous to see income generating enterprises within the value chains of Fish, Mango and Indigenous chicken. This is an indication that extension and linkages through different platforms is improving livelihoods for the poor in the society”, said Ambassador Vicini.
During a courtesy call in his office earlier in the day, His Excellency Cornel Rasanga Amoth, EGH, Siaya Governor, appreciated the Swedish Government for its overwhelming investment on mindset change for residents to practice commercially oriented agriculture. He assured that his Government will ensure that the KShs. 110 Million invested over a five year period since 2017 obtains the stipulated value.
“With effective commitment and accountability of these resources, we will be able to measure its impact that will live beyond the test of time for the people of Siaya”, said Governor Rasanga.
The County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Food, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Elizabeth Odhiambo in her remarks outlined the many successes that has been achieved since ASDSP II inception including reaching out to 10,000 value chain actors against a target of 14,000, development of 3 Strategic Integrated Value Chain Acton Plans, creation of partnerships that has enhanced market access, development of innovation proposals for value chain actors and ensuring linkages among different players.
She further urged all development partners to continue complementing each other in achieving set objectives within the Agriculture Sector.