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Consider small scale farmers, NCPB urged

11 April 2013, 16:07 Mwangi Karanja

The National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) has been urged to close loopholes that have been used to divert government subsidised fertilizer to the hands of rich farmers.

This comes after report that 2 600 bags of subsidised fertilizers delivered this week to the NCPB Kitale branch have already been given to large scale farmers leaving out underprivileged people practicing small scale farming.

Addressing the media at his office in Kitale Wednesday, Trans Nzoia County Kenya National Federation and Producers (KeNFAP) chairperson William Kimosong expressed his disillusionment after farmers were told that the fertilizer was not enough for all farmers.

“We don’t understand why small scale farmers in the entire North Rift region are being denied their right of buying cheap fertilizers; why NCPB is giving first priority to farmers with large tracts of land at the expense of poor farmers,” alleged Kimosong.

He said if the government fails to supply the required amount of fertilizer, maize production will be affected since the planting season is coming to an end.

KENFAP chairperson lamented that many farmers were waiting for the subsidised fertilizer.

He observed that farmers might plant late since majority have no money to buy from other retailers who are selling DAP fertilizer at KES 37 500.

“We are being told that the next consignment will be arriving by next week. That is a long time in a farmer's calender and it might cause a great loss due to diseases,” he noted.

He advised the NCPB to ease the procedure of acquiring fertilizer as the process is tiresome owing to lots of papers works in the system.

NCPB is expected to deliver more than 20 000 bags each 50 Kgs of fertilizers to Kitale deport but many farmers have complained that it would be too late.

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