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'Stop over depending on synthetic fertilizers'

23 April 2013, 15:31 Mwangi Karanja

Maize Farmers in Trans Nzoia County have been urged to stop over depending on synthetic fertilizers.

Addressing members of the public at his office in Kitale on Tuesday, Trans Nzoia county director of agriculture Josephat Ling’ang’a said that majority of the farmers have planted seeds this season exclusive of fertilizer.

He said the perception that inorganic fertilizer have no alternatives has driven many people to immense poverty.

“We need to tell our farmers that we can still make use of organic manure to grow our crops because scores of them were waiting for the Nation Cereal and produce Board (NCPB) to supply them with subsidized fertilizer this season, which is still overdue thus affecting food production,” he said.

He reiterated that the ministry of agriculture, in conjunction with other stakeholders in the industry, had initiated a program that would see farmers receive training on how to prepare organic manure.

Ling’ang’a pointed out that composite manure was easy to make, encouraging farmers to practice organic farming as it was the only approach to reduce over dependence on chemical fertilizers.

The NCPB this season failed to supply the subsidized fertilizers in time forcing farmers to plant without fertilizers.

The Kenya Federation of Agriculture producers (KeNFAP) Trans Nzoia County chairman William Kimosong alleged that the government has failed in its mandate to educate farmers on organic farming.

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