Baringo County has lost more than Shillings 90 million in form of revenue to covid-19 pandemic and raising water levels of Lakes Bogoria and Baringo.
Speaking in Bartolimo Ward, Baringo North, while issuing coffee seedlings to farmers Governor Stanley Kiptis said the losses came as a result of a small number of tourist touring the region and the destruction of hotels and lodgings along the shores of Lakes Bogoria and Baringo by floods in 2020.
The County boss said, the County collects revenue of up to shillings 100 million every year from the tourism sector and the County lost about 95 per cent of the collection as very few tourists visited the lakes.
“International travel advisory issued by many countries to their citizens not to travel because of the spread of Covid-19 many tourist cancelled their tours thus paralyzing the industry.”Kiptis said.
He added that the sector is recovering from the losses through new tourism marketing strategies and adherence of Covid-19 protocols to ensure the tourist safety.
He noted that his administrations is now championing for other income generating activities such as planting of coffee , Macadamia nuts, Hass avocados, tree tomatoes and tissue cultured bananas among other enterprises.
“We have decided to embrace coffee farming in our County and we are giving coffee seedlings to the farmers, as an alternative livelihood after Covid-19 paralyzed the tourism sector last year. We are distributing 30,000 seedlings to farmers in coffee growing Sub Counties this planting season.”Kiptis said.
The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy Jacob Chepkwony, County Executive Committee (CEC) for Agriculture and Livestock Development Joel Koima, area MCA John Aengwo and Bartabwa MCA Reuben Chepsongol who urged the farmers to embrace coffee growing in order to improve livelihood.
He encouraged the farmers to take advantage of Katimok Coffee Factory by growing coffee in large scale saying that the factory needs a lot of coffee since the machine mills 1.2 tons of coffee per hour.
Adapted from KNA.