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Senators reject plan to ban use of manure

By Moses Nyamori | April 11th 2019
Mwireri Women’s Group members applying organic manure to Asparagus at Kigogo village, Gilgil sub-county on February 4,2016.They produce certified seeds through traditional research method for high yields production. PHOTO: KIPSANG JOSEPH

Senators have protested plans by the Agriculture ministry to ban the use of manure in production of food crops.

They accused the ministry of coming up with unpopular policies that are likely to affect food production if effected.

Responding to a statement issued on the floor of the House by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula (above), the legislators said it was ridiculous to ban the use of manure, yet it was the safest and also advocated worldwide.

Mr Wetang'ula asked the Agriculture ministry to explain why the Government, through Food Crops Regulations Act, 2013, proposed to ban farmers from using manure to grow food crops and the rationale behind the move.

 Public interest

He further questioned the scientific study that informed the decision.

“The committee should state whether the proposed ban is at the behest of big multinationals keen to force Kenyans to buy their products or is geared towards benefiting cartels importing fertiliser in the country,” said Wetang'ula.

Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, who chaired the sitting, noted that the matter was of public interest and there was need to address it urgently.

Vihiga Senator George Khaniri vowed to co-sponsor a piece of legislation that will ensure use of organic fertiliser is entrenched to address loopholes in the existing laws that maybe exploited by cartels in the Agriculture sector.

He said most non-communicable diseases were caused by chemicals and denatured fertiliser.

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