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Tragedy As Farmers Read An Open Letter To Uhuru, Warns Of Tough Times Ahead

The Kenya Farmers Association is today calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta' s administration to come in as Kenyans stare at a looming food crisis due to the high prices of fertilisers. Speaking today, Monday during a popular TV program, The Kenya Farmers Association, KFA Director, Kipkorir Menjo said many farmers are now concentrating only on planting maize for consumption and not for commercial purposes, something that he warned may be dangerous for many Kenyans.

For the record, the situation is dire and if President Uhuru Kenyatta remains silent then it will go out of hands because from our survey the situation is so worrying because the majority of farmers are in deep crisis and cannot afford to buy fertiliser in large quantities, " he said.

They revealed that the DAP fertiliser for planting is selling for an average of Sh 6, 000 per 50kg bags something he said many farmers cannot afford.

During this interview, Kipkorir Menjo read an open letter hundred of farmers wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta pleading with the Head of State to come for their aid by setting aside money for subsidies which they were promised by Deputy President William Samoei Arap Ruto but has failed to yield positive action.

" The right time has come for the President Uhuru Kenyatta' s administration to rethink most of its policies for the agriculture sector, failing which we are headed to a major food crisis in the near future. The money for subsidies is not much if you compare it with the cost of importing maize if production drops. " Menjo said.

This comes as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, CS Peter Munya has indicated that more than Sh32 billion is required for the subsidies to help reduce fertiliser prices.

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