Deputy president William Ruto on Saturday hosted elders and leaders from Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia counties at his rural home in Sugoi.
During the meeting, the DP reaffirmed his stand on the need for farmers in the two counties which are considered the country's food basket, to embrace diversification.
Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties are known for producing a huge percentage of maize Kenyans consume.
Confirming the meeting through his official Facebook page, Ruto challenged leaders from the two counties to educate their electorate on better farming methods which will guarantee them maximum returns and the country's food security.
”The use of modern farming methods, including value addition, agro processing and crop diversification are key to revamping the agricultural sector and ensuring farmers derive maximum earnings. Leaders should educate farmers on investing in market-oriented, high value crops that have a larger potential for returns and will enable food and nutrition security. During a meeting with leaders from Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties, Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County,” posted the DP.
A screenshot of DP Ruto’s post on Facebook. [Source/Lennie Croozy]
Ruto has been championing for diversification of farming practices even as farmers from the North Rift region have also been experiencing hard times in their farming industry following the recent maize scandal in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) which has led to poor maize prices.
The main agenda of the meeting was however not revealed as it comes at the time when Ruto is at the center of Kenyan politics following the ongoing 2022 succession talk.
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