Adapt mechanized farming methods to increase soil fertility, farmers urged. 

Uasin Gishu County Deputy Governor H.E Daniel Chemno, on Tuesday evening, called out to the ministry of Agriculture to ease the current stringent procedures farmers go through in accessing credit facilities.

While receiving members of the maize taskforce who had paid him a courtesy call at his County office, Chemno further noted that traditional methods of harvesting maize are hampering robust produce.

He advised farmers to adopt mechanized systems where husks as a byproduct are put back to replenish the soil fertility.

The DG later attended a public participation forum at the County hall where he asked the participants to open up and air their views.

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, Member of Parliamentary select committee on agriculture said in their report they have noted the high cost of production in Kenya compared to neighbouring southern Africa counterparts.

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba on his part said that they have recommended to national to come up with ways to check soil acidity, avail cheap loans to farmers, mechanize maize farming, avail storage facilities, farm insurance and scrap 16% VAT on all the farm inputs and generally lower the cost of production in the report.

Robert Kiteme, member of the maize taskforce secretariat gave the presentation which touched on warehousing facilities, committee to advise the government on maize in stock, subsidize the cost of agriculture machinery, safe and clean seed production, ease the taxation of maize and maize products for export and ease doing business with AFC.

Kipkorir Menjo, a farmers’ representative proposed decentralization of e-vouchers, early approval of AFC financing, reduction of the cost of production, fuel and oil products should be subsidized, storage facilities should be duty-free.

Also present were Strategic Food Reserve Board Chair Dr. Noah Wekesa, CS Agriculture Representative Ann Anyango, CECM Agriculture Samuel Yego, County Secretary Edwin Bett.

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