48 residents drawn from Lurambi, Shinyalu and Ikolomani Sub-Counties on Wednesday received in-calf heifers from the County Government under the One Cow Initiative Program. The program, commissioned by H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa a fortnight ago targets to make Kakamega food secure and create wealth amongst the residents of Kakamega County. In addition, the program aims at enhancing milk production in Kakamega to ensure a steady supply of the raw materials to Kakamega County Milk Plant once it becomes functional.
Speaking during the exercise, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Mr Benjamin Andama asked the beneficiaries to take good care of the animals for profitability and enhancement of their wealth in line with the Governor’s manifesto; he further called on County Administrators and Members of County Assembly as well as residents, to be the Government’s watchdog to prevent any form of abuse to the animals.
The County Officers used the platform to introduce to residents the ‘Barasa na Ufugaji’ program that seeks to identify 200 households that will benefit from goats or chickens depending on their ability to rear the animals.
The CECM was accompanied by MCAs’ led by the Chair of the Agriculture Committee Hon. Donald Okumu, Chief Officers; Dr. Barrack Otieno (Livestock) Mariam Were (Fisheries) Emmanuel Kariuki (Cooperatives) CEO KDDC Dr Isaac Lubutsi and his Board Chairperson Mr Francis Murambi among others.