More than 150 farmer groups in Embu County are set to receive Kienyeji chicks from the Embu County government to kick-start poultry farming.

This is a National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) which is benefiting residents in the 20 wards in Embu.Some groups, out of the total 174 drawn from across the County, have already started receiving chicks.

While speaking in Nginda, County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and NARIGP County coordinator said that farmer groups are at liberty to choose what project they would venture into within the four value chains.

“Two farmer groups in Ngida Ward have received their batch of chicks. One group received 333 two week old chicks and the other received 500-day old chicks,” said NARIGP Embu County coordinator Jane Murithi.

The project, which is under the county’s Ministry of Agriculture, aims to support farmer groups in four value chains which include poultry farming, greengrams, dairy farming, and Mango farming.

Embu County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Jamleck Muturi, said that the project is supporting rural farmer groups to increase Agricultural productivity and profitability.

Muturi said that the farmer groups are taken through Agricultural maintenance of the project they venture into to make sure that they succeed.

Further, the CEC noted Embu County government will help the farmers find a market for their products.