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Farmers in North Rift’s cry for the government to subsidize maize seed prices

07, Oct 2014

Farmers in North Rift have decried the hiked prices of maize seeds. They want government to intervene by providing subsidy of the input in order to enable farmers buy ahead of next planting season. Speaking during a press briefing in Eldoret the farmers said the government has not honoured its promise to subsidize the input from the current price of sh. 4500 to sh. 3750. Kenya Farmers Association director Kipkorir Menjo said it is prerogative for the government to reduce its prices in order to deter farmers from purchasing uncertified seeds. He added that the government has the mandate of availing genuine seeds to farmers in order to boost food security but with the current situation, there is a likelihood of most farmers opting for cheap seeds.