By Allan Tawai
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has held high-level talks with the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya on possible collaboration on her fund her five-pillar manifesto.
The County boss particularly traveled market opportunities for green grams being produced under the Ndengu Revolution, her flagship project for food and wealth creation.
Ngilu has provided farmers with seeds and is expecting 40 metric tonnes of yield.
The Governor inclined for broad-based co-operation to access India’s technology with a view to transferring the same to Kitui.
In her talks with High Commissioner Suchitra Durai, Ngilu also explored opportunities in development of the cottage industry to help Kitui create jobs and add value to all agricultural products.
Durai expressed her willingness to collaborate with the Governor in irrigation, training and creating links for Kitui residents to feed themselves.
She accepted Ngilu’s invitation to visit Kitui to understand the challenges and opportunities that are available, the aim being establishing based for cooperation.
India’s Deputy High Commissioner Rajesh Swami and Ngilu’s value chain adviser Temi Mutia also attended the discussions.
Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Gullet expressed optimism of a bumper harvest in February, noting that the crop had done extremely well due to the relatively heavy rainfall experienced in the region over the last two months.
“If the rains extend into the New Year, we anticipate a yield of about 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes of green grams, which will translate to an estimated Sh.3 to Sh.5 billion earnings,” he noted.
He spoke when he joined area Governor Charity Ngilu in touring green gram farms in Kavisuni and Miambani areas within Kitui Rural and Kitui Central Sub-Counties respectively.
In September, KRCS donated 400 tonnes of green grams certified seeds to over 200,000 vulnerable farmers across the vast county. Each farmer received two kilos of the seeds.
Gullet said his organisation had set aside Sh.50 million to purchase the produce after harvest in February 2018 while Governor Ngilu revealed plans by her administration to secure a ready market in India in order to protect the farmers from unscrupulous middlemen.
Ngilu’s manifesto is on food, water, healthcare, education, youth and women empowerment and wealth creation.