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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Finland exits Busia agriculture project, hands over baton to county and farmers

A Finnish-run project to improve agriculture was handed over to farmers and the Busia government on Friday.

The Programme for Agriculture and Livelihoods for Western Communities has been operating in Busia since 2012.

It is a rural development programme that was funded by the Finnish and Kenyan governments.

The handover was at Acacia Hotel, Kisumu, and was attended by farmers, and officials from Palweco and the Finnish, national and county governments.

Leena Faurie, Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs programme officer in charge of Kenya, Uganda and Seychelles, said the Finnish government has left behind 11 vehicles, seven irrigation schemes, nine motorcycles, office and residential equipment and furniture and value chains of crops and animals.

Two farmers representatives — Stephen Omuse and Mercelina Mutuli — received all projects on behalf of farmers.

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