Meru County has partnered with FAO to boost agriculture.
Farmers in Meru are set to benefit from a
partnership between the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) and county government to
open up markets and enhance conservation
This was revealed Monday when Meru
Governor Peter Munya met with FAO Kenya
representative Luca Alinovi, Assistant
Representative Daniel Wachira, FAO head of
crops and agribusiness Alessio Colussi and
county programmes officer Mercy Muleru.
FAO and the Meru County government will
develop initiatives to support farmers in bee
keeping, coffee farming.
It will also help in the production of sunflower,
green grams, chick peas, soya beans, and
Mr Alinovi said FAO has been approached by
various long-term buyers who are ready to get
into contracts with farmers.
Speaking at Alba Hotel in Meru, Mr Alinovi said
that FAO and East African Breweries, a major
buyer of sorghum, have an agreement to
purchase sorghum produced through
conservation farming at premium prices.
MANY FARMERS STILL POOR
The FAO country representative noted that
despite Kenya being an agricultural country,
many farmers remain poor.
“Our initiative as FAO is interested in making
the small farmer richer.
“If the small farmer has food on the table and
money in the pocket, we have achieved food