Dairy farmers from five cooperative societies covering 15 wards of Nyamira County, have been considered for a grant by the International Fund for Agriculture through the Small Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP), an initiative to boost farming.
Presenting the cheques to the societies at Nyamira South Sub-county offices on Tuesday, Governor John Nyagarama cautioned farmers who received the grant that unless they utilize the funds to uplift their farming, their application for further funding will not be considered.
The Governor also asked the farmers to diversify their farming encouraging others to pursue modern dairy farming.
"We have markets for milk at your door step. Be encouraged to do kilimo biashara, a county initiative through which I have provided coolers for milk. We have also made good roads for easier access and for transporting of your products to the markets," said Nyagarama.
The governor also promised that the county government will continue training agriculture officers and farmers to ensure that famers are guided on better ways of doing dairy farming.
He further said that the county has been giving a low priced and high bleed Artificial insemination (AI) to farmers.
"We have put a lot of effort in agriculture because this is a sector in which if you fail, then you failed in everything" the Governor added.
Nyamira is the first county to launch the fund among the nine selected counties.
The Sh 1.5 million grant will benefit various groups among them BODAFA, Keroka, Gesima, Nyakongo and Nyachichi Cooperative Societies.
The governor was accompanied by CECM Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Peris Mokua, CECM Health Services Douglas Bosire and the Director for Livestock Production Alex Migika.