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Why The Subsidized Fertilizer May Not Help North Rift Farmers

Kenya has a new head of state in the name of William Ruto. He has now taken over as Kenya's fifth President. Among the campaign pledges of Kenya Kwanza was promotion of agriculture and lowering of the prices of unga.

The Ruto government has embarked on achieving this by availing subsidized fertilizers for farmers to be used in the short rains. This will help facilitate growth of maize improving unga manufacturing.

However, it appears this initiative will not benefit the North Rift farmers who are the largest maize producers in the Kenya. This is because the farmers had already planted maize and are awaiting harvest.

This means that the government should shift focus from fertilizers to the maize market in order to benefit these farmers. There should be measures to ensure farmers sell their maize at profitable prices and they should be protected from middlemen.

This can be done by ensuring that the National Cereals and Produce Board is functional and ready to buy maize from farmers.

Content created and supplied by: Caleb Malel (via Opera News )

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