Kenyan farmers in the Memias West Sub-county will receive 1,000 tissue culture banana plantlets from the Kakamega county government to boost the production of the crop in the area.
The Sub-County Agriculture Officer (SCAO), Joseph Wasike said the banana seedlings will be distributed to farmers in the four wards of the Sub-County. Each Ward will receive 250 seedlings.
According to Wasike, the farmers who will receive the seedlings have been identified and they will do bulking of the seedlings for onward distribution of the suckers to other farmers in the area. The county government will meet the cost of the seedlings, as the farmers will provide manure and labour for land preparation and planting.
The SCAO noted that the area has a potential of producing bananas on a large scale but currently the area under bananas is 138 hectares that he said can be expanded if the farmers put in more efforts.
He said that other fruits that can do well in the area include pawpaw, passion, pineapples and mangoes and asked farmers to liaise with the agriculture extension officers in the wards to get technical advice on the production of the fruit trees.
Wasike said that the production of local vegetables was still low as compared to the demand and he pointed out that the deficit is covered by vegetables that are brought into the market from other neighbouring towns.