Kenya seeds fights productivity concerns

The Kenya seed Company has moved to assure farmers of its capability to deliver on its seed production mandate amid petitions accusing the management of compromised operations that are likely to hamper productivity.

Farmers from the Rift valley Region petitioned parliament claiming poor management at the Seed firm has created a loophole for the production and circulation of fake maize seeds, thereby greatly undermining their efforts to produce the crop.

The company’s managing director Fred Oloibe however said the company runs its affairs above board in line with government policies which ensure they adhere to standards of production that guarantee quality seeds.

He allayed fears of the company producing substandard seed saying they work hand in hand with KEPHIS and work with a robust quality assurance team that ensures that our seed production meets the required standards

“We are working with security agencies to deal with unscrupulous traders who have been packaging fake seeds with fake Kenya seed branded bags to hoodwink farmers who are not aware,” said Mr. Oloibe.

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Mr. Oloibe noted that during the recently released performance contract results for State Corporations, Kenya Seed Company emerged number one under the commercial/manufacturing category with a composite score of 2.9.

‘The managing director said the firm recorded the highest sales volume of seed maize of 27,500,000 kilos, being the highest in the last five years dismissing a petition by south rift farmers casting doubts on its productivity.

“This also means that revenues and profitability of the company has improved tremendously in the last one year. We are up to the task in our mandate and there should be no cause for alarm,” Oloibe said, adding that the company has increased its acreage under irrigation.