SMALL scale farmers in Kakamega county have received Sh29 million through a World Bank funded project to boost income and reduce poverty. Local co-ordinator of the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agri -business John Manyengo said Sh10, 000 of the cash will be used to train farmers on value addition chain. Projects such as poultry, banana farming, dairy and fish farming will be funded through the project. "The balance of the money will be used to form co-operative societies for various farming activities," he said. Manyengo said the World Bank gave KAPAP Sh7.5 million last year for training of poultry farmers in the area. He was addressing the media after a two-day participatory contracting workshop at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute , Kakamega station on Saturday. Manyengo said poverty levels have continued to rise in Kakamega because of over-dependence among residents, poor marketing structures and lack of cohesion among farmers. He said formation of co-operative societies will help farmers through collective purchase of farm inputs and bulk marketing of their end products to benefit through the economies of scales. KAPAP project is in its second phase having started in 2010. The project aims at poverty reduction and empowering farmers to engage in value addition to earn more from their products.
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