By Reuben Olita
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) through Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) Kenya has commenced the training of 102 farmers drawn from all parts of Busia County on group dynamics and good governance.
Addressing the press at Busia Agricultural Training Centre, MARKUP National Co-ordinator, Maina Karuiru said the project is being implemented in 12 counties, Busia being one of them.
” In Busia, UNIDO is supporting groundnuts and chilly value chains. Farmers will be trained to enable them understand how group dynamics work so that they can have strong groups,” he said.
Mr Karuiru added: “This will help them increase production that will enable them sell more, thus more income for the farmers.
He said after training on group dynamics, farmers will be trained on market acess requirements by the buyers mainly importers or exporters.
“The requisite training will lead to good agricultural practices. Farmers will also understand the needs of buyers and will make them comply with market access requirements,” he noted.
UNIDO has injected 3.4 million euros (Ksh442million) in the project to be shared among 12 counties and government institutions. This will help increase efficiency and good skills.
Chief Officer Agribusiness, Moses Weunda thanked UNIDO for the training to Busia farmers, noting that it’s good agricultural practices which will enhance production.
Mr Weunda said many groups tend to disintegrate soon after formation, adding that training on group dynamics and good govenance will help them sustain their exports.
” We also appreciate the support MARKUP offered by training six technical staff that saw them register 100 per cent performance in two models,” he said.