The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh41.6 Million Tractors for Kwale Food Production

THE county government of Kwale has spent Sh84.1 M in purchasing tractors, motorcycles and ambulances which are expected to be used to offer services to Kwale residents.

Governor Salim Mvurya said that the 20 tractors which will be used to till locals' land free of charge one in each ward have cost the county Sh41.6 M, 40 motorcycles for ward and sub-county administrators cost Sh34 M and 10 ambulances cost Sh8.5 M.

Addressing locals when he inspected the vehicles and motorcycles at Baraza Park in Kwale town on Tuesday last week, Mvurya said that in bid to do away with the issue of hunger farming have to be improved.

He said that about 71 per cent of Kwale people are poor and it is by using new technology in farming that such thing can be dealt with. "Eradicating poverty is by two ways that is having money in the pocket or food at the shamba that why we decided to purchase tractors for our people,' he said.

Mvurya who was accompanied by county executive officers, ward representatives and Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki said farmers will not pay anything for them to get service of the tractors in their respective wards.

He said that his government will also give free certified seeds so that locals can plant after their land is cleared. "Agricultural officers should now work hard and train our people because we don't want to continue with the old methods of farming which have left us without food, it is time for new technologies to be applied tractors are here to till free of charge,' he added.

Mvurya said that Kwale County wants to place itself among the counties across the country which sells its food to others. He called locals in the region to support his government because all agricultural services will be offered free of charge to ensure there is no more lack of food amongst Kwale people.

"We plan to have silos in this region so that the surplus food that locals will be harvesting can be stored there for sell in future," he noted. Governor Mvurya said that the ambulances will be serving locals free and therefore issue of health officials charging patients after ferrying them will not be tolerated.

"We will fuel and do everything supposed to be done our aim is emergency cases from far flung areas to be dealt with urgently without locals inuring any cost and therefore whoever will be asked to pay let us know," he said.

He said they also plan to build maternity rooms in all dispensaries across the region to avoid loss of unborn babies in complicated cases. County commissioner Evans Achoki lauded Mvurya government for purchasing tractors which he said will help in improving economy of the region. "We want locals to make use of these tractors in farming so that they can increase food production," he said.

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