Elgeyo Marakwet County Government on Friday disbursed Sh45 million to community organised groups under the World Bank funded Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture program.
73 groups in the county benefited from the roll out of the agriculture project that will run for five years.
The project aims to increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in the country.
Agriculture CEC Ann Kibosia who presented cheques to the beneficiaries urged farmers to venture into commercial farming.
“We have the capacity to produce more especially now that we have partners who are ready to work with us. Farmers will be growing crops that do well in their respective areas,” she said.
The value chains that were identified in the county include; potato, tomato production and rearing improved indigenous chicken.
The event was attended by CEC Joseph Kiyeng(Livestock and Cooperative Development), County Assembly Majority Leader David Kipketer, MCAs Thomas Kimunei(Kuserwo), Jonah Tanui(Soy South) and Shadrack Lulley(Kapsowar).