Police impound subsidized fertilizer

Security officers have impounded subsidized DAP fertilizer from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) which was being repacked in Falcon company bags in Imbinga village, Seregeya Sub-location, Kakamega County.

Area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Peter Lotulia, who led security team in raiding some homes where the government subsidized fertilizer was allegedly being hidden added that about 7,000 assorted empty bags branded Falcon were also recovered.

He said a suspect (name withheld) was arrested after 394 bags were found in her compound while an additional 72 bags were found in her neighbour’s compound.

The fertilizer which retails at sh.1, 500 at the depots was being sold at between Sh. 3,000 and Sh.3, 500 after being repackaged.

According to Lotulia this was a syndicate to sabotage the government’s effort to promote the small scale farmer and food production in the country.

He said it was also disappointing that peasants and small scale farmers were usually locked out of depots and denied fertilizer on flimsy grounds, including their names missing from computer or stocks being depleted.

It is obvious that a lot of the fertilizer is bought by a cartel that repackage it and take it back to the market for sale at exorbitant price, the DCC said, noting that this impedes the government program of promoting small farmers and improving food production.

He instructed investigation officers to ensure all culprits are apprehended and charged.

Source: Kenya News Agency