FARMERS in Kakamega County are smiling all the way to the bank as the county government’s farmer empowerment project ‘One Cow Initiative’ success story lives on.

Speaking at Mayoni, Matungu sub county during the pass on of heifers to the program’s second beneficiaries, Kakamega County Deputy Governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima commended the first beneficiaries saying the aim of One Cow initiative was to have a grade cow in every household to increase milk production in the county and ensure a constant supply of milk for Malava Dairy plant. Under the program, the first beneficiaries are to pass on their cow’s offspring to another person – from the same ward – identified by the county government.

Prof. Kutima said the county government has already set aside 50 million shillings for the plant construction and encouraged farmers to diversify agriculture to be self sufficient. Earlier on, he visited the home of Mr. Andrew Keya at Khalaba ward whom he lauded as a true farmer committed to empowering the community.

Other leaders who accompanied him are Chief Officers in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Dr. Kelly Nerima and Mr. Jeremiah Namunyu, Mayoni Ward MCA Hon. Libinus Oduori and his Kisa Central counterpart who is also the County Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairman Hon. Geoffrey Omumatera among others.