A group of over 300 farmers from Tembelio in Uasin Gishu County are asking the government for help with land taxes and inheritance. The farmers have been living on the land since 1963, but they are struggling to pay the taxes and figure out how to pass the land on to their children and grandchildren.
The farmers say that they are in financial trouble because of the collapse of cooperatives in the late 1990s. The cooperatives were supposed to help farmers pay for their land, but they went bankrupt. Now, the farmers are worried that they will lose their land if they can’t pay the taxes.
The farmers are also asking the government to make it easier for them to pass their land on to their families. The current succession process is complicated and expensive.
The government can help the farmers by waiving the interest on their land loans, providing them with financial assistance to pay their taxes, and simplifying the succession process.
In addition to these measures, the government can also work with farmers to develop cooperative societies that can provide them with financial and technical assistance. This would help farmers to improve their productivity and incomes, and make it easier for them to pay off their debts.
The government can also provide farmers with access to credit markets and extension services and training on agricultural best practices. This would help farmers to invest in their farms, improve their yields, and reduce their costs.
By providing this assistance, the government can help farmers in Tembelio to resolve their land rate issues and improve their livelihoods. This would contribute to the overall development of the Tembelio region and Kenya as a whole.