The County government of Nakuru has intensified its efforts to popularize and support urban farming by donating improved kienyeji chicks to women groups in Nakuru Town East sub-county.
The directorate of livestock distributed the second batch of 3,800 improved kienyeji chicks to farmers in Menengai East ward, Nakuru East Sub County.
The chicks were distributed to 24 women and youth groups in Kiratina area.
Ms. Caroline Sityenei, Vet Officer, urged the farmers to ensure that they have proper housing for their chicks as well as ensure they adhere to the feeding and vaccination programs.
While promoting urban agriculture, the County aims at ensuring the use of limited available space to feed the growing population in urban centers through promoting food security and nutrition as well as create employment.
Mr. Wilson Mwangi, MCA Menengai East ward said that the project will ensure youth and women empowerment through economic development.
Ms. Joyce Wanjiru Njoroge, Chairlady of Kiratina CBO, appreciated the efforts of the County in recognizing women and youth by giving them opportunities of independence through agricultural activities.
The area has so far received 7,600 chicks which has benefited over 250 farmers.
Currently, the County has distributed the chicks to Naivasha, Giligil, Molo, Njoro, Subukia and Nakuru East sub counties.