Farmers urge ministry to probe fertiliser as maize wither

A farmer displays spoilt maize at Kabenes in Uasin Gishu County on May 10, 2016. A spot check by the Daily Nation in many parts in the region revealed that maize crops were beginning to turn yellow, coupled with uneven germination, a clear indication of insufficient nutrients. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • They also want policies to be put in place to streamline how fertilisers and seeds are going to be protected from unscrupulous middlemen.
  • Some suspects were arrested in Kitale in February for being in possession of fertiliser-making equipment.
  • Fears are now rife that maize output in the Rift Valley could fall by four million bags this season as the effects of suspect fertiliser takes a heavy toll on agriculture.

Farmers in the North Rift have asked the National Assembly to investigate the importation of poor quality fertiliser, which is threatening food security in the country’s grain basket.

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