The national government has handed over a 10, 000-bag capacity storage facility at Sinyereri Ward, in Cherangany Sub-County to the Trans Nzoia County government.
While receiving the facility, County Executive Committee Member(CEC) in Charge of Agriculture, Mary Nzomo said the facility will cushion farmers from post-harvest losses and inturn improve their earnings.
Nzomo said the county government will partner with the National Cereals and Produce Board(NCPB),East African Grain Council(EAGC),Cereal Growers Association and other stakeholders in the grain Sub-Sector to ensure that farmers reap maximum benefits from the facility.
With the facility we will decentralize grain aggregation enhance marketing and also ensure that there is easy access of fertilizer and other farm inputs, she said.
She added that a grain dryer that is already installed in the facility will assist farmers to dry their grains at subsidized costs thus reducing post-harvest losses and dangers associated with aflatoxin.
My office will see to it that the facility is registered and certified by the EAGC so that farmers get value for their investments, she added.
The CEC said that once registered, the county government will roll out a warehouse receipt system where farmers will be linked to markets such as the World Food Programme and Millers.
She added that a grain milling plant will be established next to the storage facility for farmers to process their produce for value addition.
The county government is committed to ensuring that farmers are cushioned from the constraints along the maize value chain through such interventions, she said.
Source: Kenya News Agency