By Abdi Hassan
The World Bank and Kajiado County Government have pumped Sh 44 M to farmers groups to promote livelihoods among pastoralists.
The money has been released to 70 women and youth groups in three sub counties as an effort to promote farmers to adopt modern agricultural practices and take their productivity a notch higher.
The farmers groups are spread across Kajiado South, Central and West Sub Counties and have been trained to increase productivity in both the agricultural and livestock sub sectors in smaller pieces of land.
While handing over the cheques to the beneficiaries recently , Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said the partnership with the World Bank was a step towards an emerging trend of improving livelihoods among the pastoralist community.
” We are killing two birds with one stone. First, we are empowering the women and youth to have income generating projects in the agriculture and livestock sectors. We are also promoting adoption of alternative sources of livelihood among our local communities,” said Governor Lenku.
Agriculture and Livestock Development CEC Jackline Koin said said the groups were selected after a competitive process that targeted six wards in the three sub counties.