Farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County are set to benefit from Kenya-Pakistan relationship on crops such as potatoes, mangoes, macadamia and avocadoes.
This was revealed today during Pakistan High Commissioner to Kenya Saqlain Syedah visit where she met County officials led by County Secretary Mr. Paul Chemmuttut.
During the engagements in Iten, the Pakistan envoy revealed that plans are underway that will eventually lead to a signing of Memorandum of Understanding,MOU that will see farmers export their produce direct to Pakistan and vice versa.
“We look forward to a smooth partnership that will see both our farmers benefit. For instance, our mangoes ripe from July to September which is different from the season mangoes ripen here this means we will all benefit mutually” She said.
The County Secretary on his part said the collaboration will eradicate middlemen who have always disadvantaged the farmers.
He said; “Direct market for our farm produce will completely transform the economy of our County as farmers will benefit from ready market avoiding market exploitation by brokers”.
Chief Officer Agriculture and Irrigation Timothy Kiptum noted that once the deal will be sealed, farmers will also benefit from mechanization of farm produce and enhancing of potato and mango value chains.
Present during the meeting included Chief Officer office of the Governor Mark Chesergon, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) officials and officials from Agriculture Department.