Close to 50 percent of the red onions in Kenya are imported from Tanzania as indicated by Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) 2014 report. Kenyan Farmers have been doing their best to address the demand and close the gap, but there is still more supply of onions that is needed. This makes onion growing a striking commercial investment for the Kenyan market at the moment as local production is not enough.
Under the economic empowerment programme dubbed Onions for ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND WEALTH CREATION, Governor Prof. John Krop Lonyangapuo was in Ortum to preside over the launch of the programme.
Farmers from onion growing areas of Batei, Chepareria, Tapach, Weiwei, Lomut and Sekerr Wards converged at Holy Rosary Girls Secondary School-Ortum to witness the launch of the same. Each farmer was given a 250gms tin of certified onion seeds to cover approximately half an acre of land.
Economy being one of the key pillars of Prof. Lonyangapuo administration, he has worked firmly towards supporting the residents of West Pokot County economically through the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Pastoral Economy to empower and support agri-business across the county.
Also, at the launch were: Geoffrey Lipale CEC-Agriculture, Joel Arumonyang CEC-Lands, Christine Apakoreng CEC-Education and William Siapong Deputy Director-Peace and Reconciliation.