Maize production likely to drop
06 June 2013, 15:38
Production of maize in the country is likely to reduce by more than 5 % this year.
Kenya National Federation of Agriculture Producers (KENFAP) Trans Nzoia County chairperson William Kimosong said owing to delayed supply of subsidised fertilizer during planting and topdressing seasons, production of maize would be immensely affected.
“After planting, farmers are expected to top dress their maize plants after 43-45 days but nearly 80% of framers in North Rift have not been supplied with subsidised CAN fertiliser for topdressing,” he said.
He said farmers have been complaining over lack of subsidised CAN fertiliser which retails at KES 2 500, a price that majority of them cannot afford.
He reiterated that the government has failed Kenyan farmers as it has not utilised all available channels in delivering farming inputs, adding that Kenya Farmers Association (KFA) should be allowed to distribute fertilisers instead of National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) whose accounts have been frozen.
“It does not make sense for the government not to deliver fertilizer on time as NCPB is not the only available option that can handle importation and circulation of fertiliser in the country,” he said.
“This is a serious matter that could negatively impact the country’s food security and the country depends on North Rift region for cereals. Let us not play with the matter,” he added.
Last week, NCPB Managing Director Gideon Misoi said NCPB bank accounts had been frozen after an arbitrator ruled that a company that had sued the Cereals Board be paid KES 500 million for damages, a move that hindered distribution of subsidised fertiliser to farmers.
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