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Action Africa programme supports farmers in Trans Nzoia

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has asked the National Government to make public a task force report on maize and implement the recommendations.

Governor Khaemba who was speaking yesterday when he officially launched a smallholder farmers programme Tuesday said that implementation of the recommendations will put to an end maize farmers’ woes.

According to Khaemba part of the recommendations included maize pricing and marketing that has direct impact on the farming industry.

Trans Nzoia Governor, Patrick Khaemba, speaking during the launch of distribution of fertilizers to farmers at in Kitale

“The report also touches on farm inputs and farmer credit that will boost maize production in the country,” the Governor revealed.

The task force was chaired by the then agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mwangi Kiunjuri with Khaemba and his Uasin Gishu counterpart, Jackson Mandago as members

The smallholder programme is being carried out by Tranz Nzoia County Government in partnership with Yara East Africa limited through Action Africa programme that will see over 3,000 farmers benefit.

Yara Commercial Director, Vitalis Wafula, said that the initiative is to support smallholder farmers to secure food production and improved food security.

“The initiative includes advocacy and partnerships, digital solutions to farmers, operational support and the distribution of high quality fertilizers for improved production leading to nutrition and food security,” he said.

Trans Nzoia CEC for Agriculture Mary Nzomo said that farmers will receive their donation at ward levels through digital system.

“Farmers will receive a notification with a unique code to go and redeem their donation at agro-dealers at their wards,” she said.

 

By Pauline Ikanda

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