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KENFAP: Govt should subsidize farm input

25 March 2013, 12:32 Mwangi Karanja

The government has been urged to subsidize farming input to boost food production in the country.

Addressing the media at his office in Kitale, Kenya National Federation of Agriculture and Producers (KENFAP) Trans Nzoia County chairperson William Kimosong said that it was absurd that the government has ignored farmers who are expected to feed the nation.

He noted that by allowing prices of seeds, fertilizers and diesel to increase immeasurably, the government sends a clear signal that it doesn’t care.

“We have the will, but where is the support? We cannot produce enough food if everything remains expensive,” Kimosong implored.

Agriculture cripple by politics

The KENFAP chairperson attributed the low supply of farm produce to lack of political will as issues affecting farmers have been politicized to the extent of crippling the sector.

He said that countries like Britain and Brazil export food to Kenya because their government has recognized the importance of the sector to the development of the economy.

He challenged the government to emulate other countries and apply policies that work for the betterment of the country’s growing population.

“As KENFAP, we will ensure that farmers get what they deserve because we cannot say the government has no money to build fertilizer factories or subsidize farm inputs. We have good policies but no one to implement them," he lamented.

He said KENFAP will lobby for corrective action on all matters affecting agricultural production and other related activities like government policies.

Kimosong stated that for the county to be food secure, all stakeholders should play their roles so as to increase investment in irrigation and rural infrastructure.

“What we need now are solutions for our problems as farmers who have suffered for a long time,” he posed.

Kimosong added, “we have empowered members to make informed choices for improved sustainable livelihoods and we will continue to assist farmers because we are tired seeing our people dying from hunger."

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