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Farmers set to receive free fertilizers.

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Yara-Liva-Nitrabor-and-Yara-Mira-Winner-fertilizers.[photo file ]

  

     By MARANGA MOSES.

August 21, 2020  ………. COVID-19 has negatively impacted the Kenyan economy as seen in the performance of the financial markets, disruption of global supply chains, volatility of the Kenyan currency, reduction in diaspora remittances, and reversal of prior monetary and fiscal policies.

Following the pandemic which has affected economy Small holder farmers at seven counties in South Nyanza and Rift Valley regions will receive free fertilizer from a stakeholder, to cushion them against covid19 effects.

Yara, the fertilizers’ manufacturing company, will target  Nyamira,Kisii,Homabay,Migori, Bomet and Narok counties  where  a total of 2,500 metric tonnes  of fertilizers will be  distributed to 18,000 farmers.

The company’s commercial manager for East Africa, Vitalis Wafula, clarified the donation was  part of  the   40,000 metric tones of fertilizers  programme  under the Action Africa Initiative.

According to Wafula, the  assistance will  facilitate   the small holder farmers boost food production as they grappled with corona virus pandemic.

Wafula explained the  farmers will apply online for the fertilizers and receive notifications on  how and where to collect the farm inputs.

Nyamira county commissioner, Amos Mariba termed the donation an empowerment to the farmers to promote food security amid  the raging pandemic and land limitation in the area.

 The  CC urged youths to  engage  in agriculture  as one way of  reducing  petty crimes  at the grassroots.

But Mariba warned the would be identified agro-dealers and distributors of  farm inputs, against  circumventing  the noble idea of the donation by selling it to the needy farmers

Nyamira deputy governor Amos Nyaribo cautioned the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture and  not to expected the donor to prepare their farms for increased food production.

The donation only came once,he added.

In the face of run away unemployment, remarked the DG,  the county  government was committed to sensitizing  the youths to conduct farming as a business.

A farmer, Ronald Gisore observed adoption of modern technology  on use of the fertilizers will transform food production.

 

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