Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has stated that West Pokot County has embarked on an ambitious strategy to strengthen farmer’s co-operatives and boost Agricultural sector.
He said that his administration is already on the process of laying proper groundwork for SACCOs to thrive across the county.
The governor further emphasized that Sacco’s will help residents to engage in business activities, which will play an important role in boosting the county’s economy.
He spoke during a meeting with experts in matters trade and enterprise development from Homa Bay County and International Cooperative Management Center.
Prof. Lonyangapuo said there is need to nurture Sacco’s so that in the near future, these SACCOs can offer credit facilities as banks.
“These SACCOs will help us to be self-sustaining as people. We need to grow our economy,” he said.
He mentioned Homa Bay women sacco, pioneered by Gladys Wanga, as a pilot that needs to be emulated in the county.
CECM Carilus Ademba- Trade, Industry, Co-operative & Enterprise development, Homa Bay County pointed out that Sacco’s have been integral in changing people’s lives in Homa Bay.
“We are determined to enhance wealth creation and deepen financial inclusion in the region by mobilising savings and offer affordable credit facilities through SACCOs.” Pointed out Mr. Ademba. He however called on Co-operatives to be ambitious and innovative to attract more members and customers.
CECM Geoffrey Lipale- Agriculture, who spoke on behalf of the CECs present, said that as the department of Agriculture, they realize how important it is for farmers to be financially stable in order to engage in farming activities.
“Agriculture sector plays a big role in our county and with better earnings farmers, will be able to improve their livelihoods. We therefore need strong societies so that farmers get good returns from their activities,” said Mr. Lipale.
Present were CECs Ruth Kisabit, Emily Chepoghisio, Christine Apakoreng, Joel Arumonyang, Luka Chepelion, Jackson Yaralima, and Chief Officer Linus Losialima among other county officials.
The Cooperative Development Fund will be integral in the formation of the SACCOs. Chief Officer Losialima is already in the process of conducting capacity building programmes to strengthen leadership and management of Co-operatives within the county.