Tana River County To Purchase 20000 Bags From Farmers

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Tana River County purchase 20,000 bags from Bura farmers. Tana River County government will buy 20,000 bags of maize at Sh3, 000 per bag from farmers who are under the Bura Irrigation Scheme. Tana River governor Hussein Dado made the announcement at a meeting in his office with delegation of farmers from Bura irrigation scheme, Bura Mp Ali Wario, Tana River Women representative Halima Ware and representatives of Agricultural Finance Corporation. The farmers who had a bumper harvest will now sell at Sh3, 000 per bag, which is higher than the average price offered by National Cereal and Produce Board. “We will buy 20,000 bags at Sh3, 000 per bag. This is well above the current rate offered by National Cereals and Produce Board. We want our farmers benefit,” said ambassador Dado. Farmers distanced themselves from media reports that the county promised to take up their produce but failed to do so. It emerged during the meeting that by the time section of media carried the report on the produce; the committee that represents farmers had not presented report on the produce to the county government. The report was meant to help the county government plan for the purchase of maize. Bura MP Ali Wario requested the county government to build shades for villages so that maize will be stored safely and free from damage. Hon Ware on her part urged the county government to look for a way of setting up maize milling factories in order to help farmers find direct market for their produce. Ambassador Dado told the delegation that most of their concerns have been taken care off through recently launched rapid result initiative. He said among the result to be delivered in the next hundred days that has been identified by the department in charge of agriculture is subsidizing farming produce such as fertilizer. The governor added that the clarion call for his government is ‘produce and sell’ and that agriculture is at the core of his entire programme. Ambassador Dado said his government will soon submit an Investment Bill to the county Assembly, with a view to have a law that will give the county government power to set up investments such as factories. “We have prepared an investment bill that if it goes through, we will be able to set up factories that can help our farmers,” said Mr Dado Tana River county government started programme to buy maize from farmers last year, with the first beneficiaries being farmers in Hola irrigation scheme. Since the programe was started, county government has purchased about 35,000 bags from farmers. “We stored the maize (purchased from Hola farmers) under very good condition and distributed the same maize to the Tana River residents as relief food,” said the Governor. Governor Dado said his government is looking for other markets for farm produce and that the maize purchase by the county is temporary measures to cushion farmers.
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