Farmers in the Mbeere South and North of Kenya have received over 5,000 cashew seedlings from the Embu County Government.
This development came after a SWOT analysis was conducted by the county’s Department of Agriculture, to determine crops which could be produce maximally in Embu.
The core of Embu is known for its potentials in cashew nut production, while other areas in the county have been identified to have arable lands that could yield nutritious crops.
An official of the Embu County Executive Committee (CEC) for Agriculture, Mr. Jamleck Muturi, while launching the distribution revealed that agriculture extension workers would be on the move to train farmers.
Muturi said the county would ensure that Embu farmers engage in agriculture modernisation and diversification.
“Even as this is set to improve nutrition, cashew nuts are in high demand in the market. A kilo goes for Sh1,000 and this will truly boost farmers’ earnings,” Muturi said.
So far, farmers in Mbeere North have received 3,000 seedlings, with Evurore and Nthawa wards getting 1,500 seedlings each.
Mberi South received about 1,400 seedlings, with Mbeti South and Mavuria ward receiving 700 seedings each.
In other wards, Manyatta and Runyenjes took 1,000 seedlings with Kithimu, Mbethi North, Kagaari South and Kyeni Southwards, each receiving 250 seedlings each.