The Government through the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with Makueni County is set to see 15,000 households in Makueni benefit with Kits to start Kitchen gardens under the One Million Kitchen Gardens Plan.
The program was officially launched in Kasikeu, Kilome Subcounty of Makueni County by the Ministry of Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Anne Nyaga and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.
According to the CAS, the programme is an initiative by the National Government in partnership with some selected counties and is targeting to reach a million families countrywide to help in boosting reliable food as well as adopting a healthy diet in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Kitchen garden kits comprise different varieties of vegetables like Kale, Spinach, Black Nightshade, Amaranth, Cowpeas, and solar driers to enhance the preservation of vegetables.
“We would like to put on emphasis on a balanced diet through these kits so that we can be able to boost our immunity and create an immunity that is able to fight COVID-19 and other diseases. To ensure this doesn’t fail we will be giving out grants to ensure farmers are able to purchase the necessary inputs for their produce to yield, ” she said.
Governor Kivutha Kibwana who had accompanied the CAS said that the initiative was a good economic recovery by the government and it was going to help in improving the immunity and income of Kenyans.
He further noted that his county government was going to help in the spread of initiative to other areas through its Agricultural department and ensure that all residents in Makueni County benefit from it.
“We think that if this is expanded to the entire country which will lift the economical status of Kenyans as well as their immunity and this will enable us as a country. My Agricultural department will ensure that this goes to reach every household,” Kibwana promised.