Farmers in Kirinyaga turn in huge numbers to register for subsidized fertiliser

Kirinyaga county farmers in Kenya are upbeat about the subsidized fertiliser as they turned up in large numbers to register for the purchase of the commodity.

According to the county department of agriculture 17,000 farmers have already registered in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) database with the number expected to rise at the conclusion of the ongoing farmersโ€™ registration exercise.

During the County Assembly inaugural sitting, Governor Anne Waiguru reiterated her administrationโ€™s commitment to supporting farmers to maximise their agricultural production. Once they are registered, the farmers are supposed to make their requisition and pay for the commodity after which the department of agriculture collates the data from various farmers and transports them from NCPB deport to ward centres for collection by individual farmers.

Cutting cost of production

โ€œTo promote agriculture, we are at the forefront of lobbying for subsidised farm inputs to reduce the cost of production and enable farmers to get better returns. We have already secured over 25,000 bags of fertiliser in our NCPB stores this month and we are in the course of distributing it to our farmers through our agricultural extension officesโ€, said the governor.

Farmers are looking forward to receiving the fertiliser in the hope that it will help them get better harvests in the coming season. The ongoing registration at the ward levels requires a farmer to prove land ownership and the size of the land and the bags they would require to buy. Registered farmers also have the option of walking into the NCPB depot and personally collecting the fertiliser.

The rising cost of farm inputs such as fertilisers has however made many farmers shy away from crop farming, but with interventions such as subsidised fertiliser, more farmers are expected to increase agricultural production.

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