HIGH prices of farm inputs during the planting season has made farmers get low harvests. Farmers are spending a lot to buy the inputs yet do not reap as much profits. Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers chair, John Muchai and Uasin-Gishu Agricultural Forum chair John Sawe said the shortage of fertiliser and hiked prices has made farmers incur losses.
"Few tonnes of fertiliser were imported in the country. Farmers had to queue for long hours to buy it," Sawe said. Speaking in Eldoret during a meeting, they said poor road networks especially in the remote areas have hampered transportation of farm products due to poor state of roads during the rainy season.
A farmer, Musa Barno, said they are no longer able to make a living through farming. He accused some people of plotting to buy KCC without their knowledge and they will oppose the move. Barno said KCC is owned by farmers and they should be involved in its privatisation. HIGH prices of farm inputs during planting season in the countries growing basket has made farmers deep into their pockets.
According to chairperson Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers ( KENFAP), John Muchai and Uasin-Gishu Agricultural Forum chairman John Sawe said the shortage of fertilizer and hiked prices has made many farmers to incur low harvest at the end of the year. They said poor road networks especially interior regions of the county have forced farmers to encounter huge losses.
Speaking in Eldoret during sensitization meeting , they said farmers incur heavy losses when transporting farm produce to the market due to poor state of roads especially during rainy season.
"On the issues of fertilizer the two officials said, only a few tonnes of fertilizer was imported in the country forcing farmers to brace long queues as they wait t o purchase the commodity," they complained.
A farmer Musa Barno , said the once vibrant filed of farming where farmers major in to eke a living is now more. Barno accused some selfish individuals who wanted to buy KCC without the knowledge of farmers ,saying they are not going to accept the move.
He said KCC is owned by farmers and any move to privatize it should first involve the stakeholders.
Kenya Farmer Association Director (KFA) Kipkorir Menjo urged university o9f Eldoret to assist farmers in carrying out research on soil acidity to a certain the kind of fertilizer that suits a particular crop. Menjo said the move will help farmers increase yields adding that most farmers are using any kind of fertilizers without prior knowledge.