Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has emphasized the need by the Government to incorporate technological advancements in the Agricultural sector to boost productivity and returns.
Governor Khaemba noted that most of the farmers have been incurring huge losses owing to lack of skills required to address emerging setbacks which have been seeing them incur losses.
“Government must facilitate technological transformation within the Agricultural sector to cushion farmers from poor harvests and losses,” he said during a Yara Fertilizer farmers| forum in Kitale.
The governor cited post-harvest losses and degraded soil fertility as some of the aspects of Agricultural production that should be contained through technological advancements.
“75% of the residents of Trans Nzoia County rely on Agriculture for their livelihoods but diminishing productivity and a rising cost of production account for their returns,” said Governor Khaemba.
The county boss also said the Government has a big role to play by creating the right environment that supports Agricultural productivity by formulating supportive policies and eliminating cumbersome tax regimes.
“The government had come up with a programme to support mechanized farming but the introduction of a 14% VAT rate has greatly impacted on the price of farm machinery,” said Governor Khaemba.
The governor launched the Yara Action Africa initiative whose goal is to mobilize support for 73,000 smallholder farmers across the country to secure food production and improved food security in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.
“The initiative includes advocacy and partnerships, farmer connectivity and digital solutions, and operational support including 13,000 metric tons of high quality fertilizers with zinc for improved nutrition,” said Yara Country Manager William Ng’eno.
Yara’s fertilizer contribution, combined with agronomic support, is expected to triple maize production and feed more than one million people across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique for one year.