In a pivotal event held at the National Cereal Produce Board (NCPB) headquarters in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Hon. Mithika Linturi, alongside Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim, officially unveiled 100 mobile maize dryers.
This initiative marks a significant step towards addressing post-harvest grain quality challenges faced by farmers, particularly during the rainy season.
During the event, farmers openly expressed their concerns regarding the rampant theft of subsidized fertilizers by rogue government officials. Recognizing the detrimental impact of such malpractices on food security, Cabinet Secretary Linturi swiftly addressed these concerns, assuring the nation that the government will not tolerate any actions that threaten the well-being of its citizens. He emphasized that stern consequences will be imposed on those found to be involved in such illicit activities.
In a bid to alleviate the financial burden on farmers and boost agricultural productivity, the government pledged to provide affordable fertilizers during the upcoming planting season. This commitment underscores the government’s dedication to supporting farmers and enhancing their access to essential inputs.
Furthermore, Cabinet Secretary Linturi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to facilitating access to crucial equipment like maize dryers. These dryers play a pivotal role in ensuring the proper drying of maize, minimizing post-harvest losses, and ultimately enhancing the overall quality of the produce.
Addressing the issue of stringent moisture content requirements imposed by the NCPB for maize, Cabinet Secretary Linturi emphasized the importance of adhering to these standards. These requirements are in line with international food safety guidelines and are essential to protect consumers from the health hazards posed by aflatoxins, which can develop in improperly stored or dried maize.
The release of mobile maize dryers and the government’s commitment to addressing the concerns raised by farmers represent a positive step towards enhancing agricultural productivity, ensuring food security, and safeguarding consumer health.