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Governors want agricultural funds increased

21 October 2014, 10:46 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The Council of Governors has asked government to increase the budgetary allocation for agriculture to 15 percent.

The chairman of agriculture committee in the council, Governor Nderitu Gachagua said they bosses have decided to set aside five percent of their respective Counties’ Development Fund to agriculture and asked national government to offer the remaining 10 percent.

“We want 10 percent of funds from national and five percent from the counties be set aside for agricultural sector. That is how this country will prosper since agriculture is the main source of income in this country," said Gachagua.

Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Kamukunji Stadium, Nyeri town, Gachagua said the initial allocation of four percent was very minimal to sustain the sector.

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He further expressed concerns over the increased demonstrations staged by tea farmers in various parts of the country complaining over low returns from tea.

In the last crop season, tea farmers earned less that KES 25 per kilogram compared to other seasons where they earned more than KES 40.

“Governors are working closely with the government in finding a lasting solution in the matter," said Gachagua.

“The national and county governments should set aside emergency funds to ensure there is a minimum price for tea so that when prices go down due to inevitable factors we use the funds to pay farmers," he stated.

He added that the same policies would be emulated in other sectors of farming including dairy and horticulture.

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