THE County Government of Kakamega has today launched a county plant clinic programme to control spread of pests and diseases in plants in the county at Bukura Agricultural Training College, Lurambi sub county.
Kakamega County Deputy Governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima who was the chief guest called on the newly trained county plant doctors to move with speed and contain spread of pests and diseases such as Fall Army Worm threatening the county’s food security. He reminded farmers that the clinic is in line with the recommendations of a taskforce report on Agriculture and Livestock released by H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya during his first term in office. He called on the residents to jealously guard Governor Oparanya’s development track record beyond his two terms in office by entrusting the county leadership to safe hands capable of implementing already initiated systems and projects. He added that through the agriculture docket which he also holds as the CECM, he will ensure Kakamega County is food secure.
The programme involved training of plant clinic doctors drawn from each sub county by a research organisation the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), soil sampling and testing by the German International Co-operation (GIZ) and finally release of the plant doctors and other extension officers to sub counties and wards to control and rid the entire county of pests and diseases.
Present also was the Chief Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Mr. Jeremiah Namunyu, KALRO representatives led by Dr. Ayaga and representatives from GIZ led by Mr. Asena among others.