The Star (Nairobi)

26 June 2014

Kenya: Sh25 Million Fertiliser Stores Set for Bomet

THE Bomet government will spend Sh25 million in building fertilizer stores in the county. Governor Isaac Rutto said there is a need to ensure safety of farm inputs.

This will also increase fertiliser supply to farmers through out the year. The fertilizers will be sold at slightly reduced costs to cushion farmers from high costs of production.

Rutto was speaking to the press at Ndarawetta in Bomet Central yesterday. He said each of the five sub-counties will be allocated Sh5 million to build the stores.

"For a very long time these farmers have had to travel long distances to access fertilizers," Rutto said. He said the decision to build the stores was informed by lack of stable supply of fertilisers in national government's stores in the region.

He said these cereals boards owned by the government which at times are not available but with the putting up of this stores we are sure we will deal a big advantage to our farmers," said Rutto

He at the same time reiterated his calls on the government to fully transfer the functions in agriculture to the counties sector saying the predicaments in the tea subsector facing small scale farmers in the country was due to the stringent policies by the KTDA which he said needed to be reviewed.

He said: "All these problems in the tea industry that have affected the tea farmers for many years are because of the 'tough' laws and policies by this KTDA. It is not even these local directors but clogged in Nairobi and the only way we can correct it is by putting in is by making our own legislations that can govern It." he said

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