Maize farmers blame govt over NCPB woes
Patrick Ngare weeds his maize crop at his Kiplombe farm in Uasin Gishu County. An increase in the development budget for the agricultural sector is expected to raise production and make food affordable for majority of Kenyans. The angry farmers who converged in Kitale town complained of a lack of both commercial and subsidised top-dressing fertiliser in the region.
It has come to our realisation that some officials in the government stand to benefit a lot if the Cereals board is grounded,” said the Trans Nzoia Kenya National Federation of Agricultural producers (KENFAP) chairman Mr William Kimosong. The farmers said it was illogical for the government to keep on supplying the subsidised farm inputs through the institution even when they were aware of the repercussions, among them the auction of the board’s assets.
“Why has the government not kept on hold services of the board pending the outcome of the case when they were much aware that any product that goes through the body is prone to auction?” wondered Mr Kimosong. They said the country faced a major catastrophe because of the board's poor service in delivery of planting fertiliser this year.
Top dressing fertiliser was also yet to arrive despite constant promises to farmers by the management.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Daily Africa