Nyandarua farmers count big losses due to El Nino
BY GEORGE MURAGE
Farmers in Kinangop, Nyandarua county, are counting losses following heavy rains that have been pounding the area.
The potato and French beans farmers say the rains have rendered roads in the area impassable, noting that they cannot access the market in good time.
According to a local leader Matheri Wa Hungu, farms in the region have been waterlogged leaving crops that were ready for harvest to rot.
Matheri said the problem has been compounded by the poor state of feeder roads that the county government has not rehabilitated for long. “This is the harvesting season for potatoes and the large scale farmers can do nothing but watch their crops rot in their farms,” he said.
He said farmers who export French beans have also been adversely affected.
Board warns over milk hawking in Trans Nzoia
BY JESSICAH NYABOKE
Kenya Dairy Board and New Kenya Cooperative Creameries officials in Trans-Nzoia county have discouraged hawking of milk in the county and its environment.
According to KCC managing director Nixon Sigey, hawking of milk has increased and as a board they are trying to encourage farmers to deliver their milk to KCC.
Speaking to the press in Kitale, he said hawking of milk is not hygienic and can easily compromise the health of consumers.
He challenged farmers to take advantage of the prompt payment for deliveries to increase production.
“There is no delay and poor payments in KCC. Our prices are competitive and [we make] prompt payments. We expect farmers to deliver their milk to us and not hawk,” he said.
Garissa farmers appeal for release of El Nino funds
BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Farmers from Garissa county are demanding the release of El Nino funds.
Speaking to the press in Garissa town, Kenya Farmers Federation national vice chairman, Dubat Ali Hamey, said that over 300 farms along the River Tana have been affected by the floods after the river broke its banks. Women, children and elderly are the most affected amongst hundreds displaced by the floods.
He said the county government should move with speed to quantify the losses caused by the floods in a bid to compensate them.
Dubat blamed the power generating company KenGen for releasing millions of volumes of water from their seven fork reservoirs without warning thousands of farmers down stream.
“Farmers cannot access the farms which are logged with water. They have lost millions of shillings after their produce ready to harvest were swept away.,” he said.
Kariuki promises Nithi dairy farmers coolants
BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Agriculture principal secretary Sicily Kariuki has promised to help dairy farmers groups in Tharaka Nithi county procure milk coolants to aid in processing the milk.
Speaking in Marima, Maara sub-county, the PS said the national government will prioritise purchasing the coolants to enable women self help groups and other dairy farmers’ add value to their produce.
“I will ensure dairy farmers get the coolers for them to process their milk and consume it instead of buying processed milk from other parts of the country,” Kariuki said.