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.