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November 20, 2018

The Week

New seed firm launched in Trans Nzoia county

BY NICHOLAS WAMALWA

 

A new seed firm has been established in Trans Nzoia county.

Seed Co Kenya seeks to increase farmer’s productivity and reduce the cost of farming across the country.

Chief executive officer Morgan Nzwere said the company has invested Sh100 million for the first year and will be put up in Kiminini sub county.

“80 per cent maize will be processed and marketed from Trans Nzoia to cut expenses. Kenya Seed had dominated the market with almost 80 per cent supply in the seed industry and maize prices had gone up in the beginning of this year’s planting season. We don’t want to incur a lot of unnecessary expenses,” he said.

Managing director Kassim Owino said a modern research facility including a world class laboratory will be put up.

“This is beneficial to the county and its population and apart from maize, the company will produce soya beans, wheat and sorghum,” he said.

County secretary Sifuna Wakofula thanked the company, saying it will create employment for young unemployed population.

 

KDB starts crackdown on fake dairy products

BY MERCY GAKII

 

Kenya Dairy Board is conducting a three-week countrywide crackdown on contraband dairy products.

The market surveillance which began last week is targeting distributors and sellers of sub-standard, cheap and subsidised dairy produce.

Acting managing director Humphrey Maina said it is difficult for consumers to identify which products on the supermarket shelves could be illegal.

“We are following up on documentation that is associated with these products and then compare with our records at KDB,” he said in a telephone interview.

Maina said they will also counter-check with Kenya Revenue Authority on whether the goods have been cleared for sale in the country, he said.

He said that any shop that will be found selling these products will be required to demonstrate how they acquired them.

He said complaints from members of the public has been overwhelming, with reports from Mombasa, Kisumu, Bungoma and Nairobi prompting the board to start investigations.

Police in Garissa recently destroyed a Sh1.5 million consignment of contraband sugar, milk powder and slippers that had been intercepted at the Kenya-Somali border.

 

New rice development strategy ready - Kariuki

BY MAURICE ALAL

 

THE government has developed a national rice strategy to address production and market of the crop.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the strategy will rejuvenate the rice sector that has faced many challenges. “The strategy encompasses production, processing and marketing that is significant to improving people’s livelihoods,” she said.

Kariuki added that the government is keen to identify and introduce new rice varieties that are fast maturing and high yielding.

She was speaking at Ahero National Irrigation Board in Muhoroni constituency when she opened training for plant operators for the newly acquired agricultural machinery.

She said the government has partnered with Japan International Cooperation Agency to avail machinery for rice farming.

“The government is facilitating access to affordable farm machinery. I want farmers to be keen on preparation of their farms and using the right seeds for proper yield. I urge the county government to assist Ahero Irrigation Co-operative Societies in maintaining the farm inputs for maximum profit.”

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