Lack of subsidies could push us to fertiliser alternatives - farmers
SEE ALSO :Farmers caution on maize imports“Without a subsidy, we may be forced back to gathering manure from our cows, chicken, goats and sheep for use in our farms,” said Kerich, who warned that the absence of subsidies would kill the farming industry.
'Too late'Kimutai Kolum, a large scale farmer, said the parliamentary committee on agriculture's move to summon Cabinet Secretaries Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Henry Rotich (Treasury) had come "too late". “The government is too reluctant. The planting season is already here and plans should have been put in place in advance to ensure subsidised fertiliser at National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) stores,” said Kolum. He said farmers from Uasin Gishu County have convened a meeting today in Eldoret to chart a way forward. “Farmers will reduce by half their maize production,” he said. Addressing farmers from Ziwa, Uasin Gishu Senator Margaret Kamar said the decision to deny farmers subsidised fertiliser will adversely affect them. “It is painful and disappointing the way farmers have been treated,” she said.