22 November 2012

Kenya: Elect Leaders Who Care for You, Farmers Urged

Murang'a farmers have been urged to elect leaders with a vision to revive agriculture in the county. Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers chairman Nduati Kariuki yesterday said it will be "suicidal" if they do not elect leaders, who will address their problems.

He was speaking to the press in Murang'a town yesterday. Kariuki, a senator aspirant, said farmers are suffering because leaders lip service to farmer's issues, adding that they have an opportunity to elect leaders, who will address their problems in Parliament.

He said the agriculture has the potential to create all the jobs and enhance the realisation of Vision 2030 if the government invest more resources in it.

"We urge farmers to carefully evaluate the people seeking leadership. We are an agricultural nation and people who do not understand farming issues cannot help farmers. We urge you to register as voters in large numbers," said Kariuki.

He said promised to press for a conducive environment for farmers to boost productivity in the sector. Kariuki thanked the government for withdrawing the VAT Bill 2012 saying it will have hurt farmers by increasing VAT on farm inputs and implements.

He will battle it for the seat with former Kanu secretary general Joseph Kamotho and former Kenyan envoy to Belgium Kembi Gitura.

Kariuki is banking on the support of various farmers groups to win the Murang'a senator seat in the election. The former Finance minister has been passionate on issues touching on agriculture and has frequently urged the government to support farmers.

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