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County government moves to curb post-harvest loses

The  Trans Nzoia County government has bought two state of the art mobile driers that will help farmers cut down post-harvest loss.

The  driers will supplement two others bought by the National government that  will help maize farmers dry their cereals especially during the on- going rains.

The  County Executive in charge of Agriculture, Mary  Nzomo  said on Monday in her office that at least the driers will reduce the-post-harvest losses caused by poor drying from 30% -40% to 10% loses.

“We have also constructed a modern ware house and the national government also handed to us another one that will help maize farmers access better storage facilities,” she said.

Other  measures taken by the county government also include sensitization of farmers on the proper drying to avoid aflatoxin and also use of modern post -harvest technologies that include hermetic bags and metal silos that don’t require use of chemicals for storage.

Nzomo  noted that once post- harvest losses are reduced, the country will achieve food security.

According  to  Nzomo, post -harvest losses has been a contributing factor to low farm incomes and thus denying farmers extra earnings.

The  CEC  encouraged farmers to adopt proper pre harvest practices by turning to modern technology.

By  Pauline  Ikanda

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