Rice farmers in Nyando, Kisumu County will benefit from 22.4 tonnes of seeds worth Sh6 million for the current planting season.
This comes after the farmers incurred losses estimated at Sh400 million after River Nyando bursts its banks causing devastating floods which destroyed 7,500 acres of paddy.
Kisumu Agriculture CEC Gilchrist Okuom informed that the county government has acquired hybrid seeds from Kitale and Mwea for the rice farmers.
“We already have 2.4 tonnes of Arize Gold rice variety bought from Kenya Seed Company in Kitale at Sh2 million. The bags of seeds are at the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) Ahero station,” said Mr Okuom.
“We expected 20 tonnes of IR variety seeds from MIAD, Mwea. The IR seeds are still held up in Mwea due to some administrative logistics and could be arriving any time,” he stated.
The seeds will serve about 5,000 rice farmers in Nyando Sub-County.
“We are targeting to sell the produce to the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) who have allocated Sh660 million for the purchase of IR variety for schools, prisons and hospitals,” said the Agriculture CEC.