Kenya Vegetarian Club (KVC) has called on the Kisumu county government to train women farmers on how to start income-generating activities. KVC Founder Vaishali Kamal Shah said the county government should urgently equip women with skills that will help them create wealth.
Vaishali said women should be trained on greenhouse technology, growing tree seedlings, dairy farming, biogas production, poultry farming, beekeeping and fish farming. Speaking on Tuesday at Kogony village in Kisumu while distributing vegetable seeds to women farmers, she told county government to set aside funds for women farmers. Vaishali asked women to embrace commercial farming especially vegetable farming for income and to promote vegetarianism.
“Women farmers should focus on vegetable farming for domestic and export purposes,” she said. Vaishali said vegetable farming will promote human health, protect animal rights, preserve environment and improve the lifestyle of locals.
County Maendeleo Ya Wanawake organization chair Atieno Otieno said the women will choose the activities to be financed by the county. ”Part of the money should be given to them so that they can start businesses as the county continues to monitor and evaluate their progress,” Atieno said. Addressing more than 300 farmers, she said women should take advantage of Kisumu International Airport to export their produce. The chairlady noted that Kisumu has huge chunks of fertile land that women should plough to produce horticulture crops. Atieno said through, farming, the women will ensure their families have enough food.