Deputy President William Ruto when he arrived at Kimatuni Catholic Church in Bumula Constituency, Bungoma County.
The Deputy President William Ruto has asked farmers in western Kenyan to invest more in the dairy sector. The Deputy President said plans were underway to come up with Artificial Insemination centres in the region to cater for the needs of dairy farmers. “We want to establish more liquid nitrogen centres so that Kenyans cannot only rely on Kabete alone for the AI services,” said Mr. Ruto.
Speaking at the Chekalini in Lugari constituency, Kakamega County on Sunday, Mr. Ruto said milk production is key to improvement of living standards among many farmers. “I want to inform you that milk is the business of the future and farmers should take dairy farming seriously,” said the Deputy President.
Mr Ruto pointed out that the region had good potential in dairy farming because of the huge tracts of land. The Deputy President asked the agricultural and field extension officers to embark on programmes to educate and sensitize farmers in the dairy farming activity. He said there was need to improve breeds in the region in an effort to have animals able to produce more milk and meat.
The Deputy President said the Government will improve infrastructure to enable farmers’ access the market for their produce. The Government, he added, had set aside Sh100million for the establishment of a Technical Training Institute at Chekalini. “We are going to use Sh50million for the construction of Chekalini Technical Training Institute and the remaining Sh50milion will be used to equip it,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said skills development helps enhance productivity stimulate economic competitiveness as well as alleviate poverty. “The Government will construct colleges of technology where essential skills such as masonry, welding and electrical work are trained. This will build a strong army of skilled people required to grow the economy and help transform lives,” said Mr. Ruto.
Leaders who accompanied the Deputy President vowed to put aside their political differences and work together for the common good of the people. They were Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Muthomi Njuki (Chuka-Igamba n’gombe) and Injendi Malulu (Malava). Mr. Malulu and Mr. Savula said plans by the Jubilee administration to transform the lives of people in western Kenya through the revival of Mumias sugar factory and improvement of infrastructure were commendable.
They said they would work closely with the Government for the sake of development in the area. “We are happy at the steps being taken by the Government to revive Mumias Sugar factory. This is the only way to help majority of farmers who depend on sugarcane for their survival,” said Mr. Injendi.
By Bethwel Kaino – DPPS