Trans Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba has urged the government to compel agricultural institutions to offer subsidized services to farmers to reduce the cost of farming.
Governor Khaemba said institutions which include Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) should lower the cost of services and inputs to farmers.
Khaemba, who is also the vice chairman of the task force formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to provide solutions to the maize crisis, spoke when he led a team of the task force in Trans Nzoia to collect views from farmers on challenges facing the sub-sector.
He urged the government to establish warehouses to store harvested maize before they find a market to avoid influx of the commodity.
The County boss reiterated his call for abolishing NCPB and constituting a new one which should also be mandated to obtain fertilizer directly from the factory.
“The cost of farming will be reduced and farmers will get more profit from their farming practices if such measures are put in place,”said Khaemba.
Among those who accompanied Governor Khaemba were the chairmen of Strategic Food Reserve (SFR), Dr. Noah Wekesa, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, Trans Nzoia County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Mary Nzomo, among others.
William Sawe, a farmers representative from Cherangany, exuded confidence with the task force and asked for action to be taken to cushion farmers from more challenges in future.
He however questioned the government’s position that indicated only 2 million bags of maize will be bought by the state across the country noting that Trans Nzoia county alone produces more than 5million bags.