Restoring order to maize industry - 8 months ago, 13 June 23:55
To bring sanity to the cereals and maize sector in particular, the first strategy should be to identify the farmers. County governments should take the lead in registration of farmers in line with Crops Act 2013 and AFA Act 2013.
Strategy One: The counties should have a record of all farmers with the acreage of maize farms. This will sort out the current abnormal demand for fertiliser, as well as delivery of excess maize to the National Cereals and Produce Board by cartels.
Strategy Two is to organise farmers into crop-specific cooperatives or associations. These will enable farmers to leverage on the strength of numbers and make access and distribution of inputs easier and on target.
Strategy Three is to sort out the sale of maize in a rush, hence, causing a glut in the market. Parliament should urgently enact the Warehouse Receipting System Bill to provide a legal process for farmers to ...
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