UGENYA MP Dave Ochieng has distributed 80 tones of certified maize seed to be distributed to 40,000 farmers.
Ochieng while distributing the Sh10 million seeds at Bar Ndege, Konya, Nyamsenda, Jera, Sega and Ukwala trading centers in his constituency yesterday, said the move will improve food production.
He said farmers reap low harvest because of poor planting seeds and traditional farming methods.
The legislator asked his constituents to apply modern farming methods and use better farm inputs to improve food security.
"We want our farmers to embrace commercial farming through use of commercial seeds for a bumper harvest," Ochieng said.
He faulted the government for failure to decentralise seeds and fertiliser depots and stores.
Ochieng said Rift valley and Central regions reap better harvests because they can easily access the products.
He said farmers in Nyanza travel long distances to Kitale to get better planting seeds which is costly for many.
'We want depots to be brought closer to the farmers across the country so that they can obtain seeds and fertiliser at the right planting time," Ochieng said.
Ochieng pointed that he is liaising with relevant authorities to ensure that cereals and produce stores is availed at Konya trading center where farmers can easily sell their surplus and later purchasing them at cost effective fee without being duped by unscrupulous middlemen.
The Ugenya MP, asked the government to ensure that the Sh 10 billion allocated in the budget for irrigation projects be shared out fairly so that all the regions benefit from equal distribution of resources.
"If we want to improve the wanton food insecurity in the country, the government must ensure that funds set a side for Agriculture is shared out with total impartiality," added Ochieng.
Ochieng, during the third day of the distribution exercise at Sega trading center, warned the youths of dire consequences if they resorted to selling the seeds in favor of consuming the local brew commonly known as changaa.
He said that he will not tolerate incidents where the youths instead of using the seeds for viable economic activities to improve their living standards, opt to dispose them off for luxury issues.