Farmers from Garissa County have been urged to come together and form Saccos that can help them promote agribusiness in the region.
Speaking in Garissa during the opening of a five-day training workshop on entrepreneurship skills for 30 frontline service providers, Agriculture Executive Mohamed Shale said traders in camel milk, tomato, and meat sectors should consider saving through the cooperatives to enhance productivity and access to market.
He noted that Saccos in the agribusiness sector have been a key promoter of economic growth for both crop and livestock farmers in various parts of the country but Garissa has always lagged behind.
“Garissa County has lagged behind in promotion of Saccos compared to the rest of the country. It is high time we embrace the initiative and come up with Saccos that will be supported by both the county and national governments,” Shale said.
At least 2,000 traders will benefit from the training that has been organised and funded by the Agricultural Sector Development.
Shale said the service providers would acquire skills and knowledge on business planning, management, marketing, legal responsibilities and insurance, which will transform crop and livestock sectors into a commercial-oriented enterprise that sustain food and nutrition security.