By Martin Masai
Kitui, November 15th 2017: The Ndengu Revolution moved on to the next level yesterday as the County Government rolled out training of staff to engaging with farmers on crop husbandry.
The training comes as the crop sprouted on farms where rains fell two weeks ago and as massive downpour was reported in most parts of the county, boosting chances of success of the revolution which is a key flagship project of Governor Kaluki Ngilu’s five Pillar agenda.
The governor was elected into office with a pledge to deliver Food and Water, Health, Education and Youth Employment, Women Empowerment and Wealth Creation.
Opening the training at Kitui Agricultural Training Centre, Agriculture Minister Emmanuel Kisangau said the Ndengu Revolution is a practical intervention that will bring both food and wealth to Kitui people. “It is our group and individual responsibility to deliver this revolution as staff of this county” He added.
The revolution, now at it second level of Phase One targets to train staff to reach out to farmers to ensure the crop is well tended by weeding and spraying pesticides to enable it flower for maximum grain production.
According to the plan, over 100,000 individual farmers will be reached through field demonstrations and Field Days in each village. It will be followed by education on pre and post-harvest handling which entails a six step procedure that includes provision of insecticides tarpaulins, threshers and bags, pre and post- harvest management procedures, inspection and verification at 71 aggregation centres, equipment of aggregation stores by January 2018. Others are delivery of the crop to warehouses, negotiations with the National Cereals and Produce Board and upfront payment plan upon crop delivery.
The Government plans to walk the talk with the farmers across the entire Ndengu value chain to fulfil Mrs Ngilu’s Food and Wealth creation pillars