Gov’t To Kick Off Countrywide Registration Of Farmers
Written by Inka FM on 5 January 2023
- This comes after President William Ruto recently directed for the creation of a digitized national register to weed out impostors and rogue traders who have been exploiting farmers.
- Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi on Wednesday said the database will provide a managed access to government programs by farmers.
The government is now set to begin registering farmers countrywide for easier distribution of subsidized fertilizer as well as to guide them on the development of key agricultural policies.
This comes after President William Ruto recently directed for the creation of a digitized national register to weed out impostors and rogue traders who have been exploiting farmers.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi on Wednesday said the database will provide a managed access to government programs by farmers.
The CS, who spoke during the opening of a Training of Trainers (ToT) at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, added that the register will also ensure traceability, accountability and transparency in implementation of the fertilizer subsidy programmes.
The trainers, comprising 188 Assistant County Commissioners, are expected to train Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs to facilitate the exercise and ensure uptake of the subsidized fertilizers before the onset of the 2023 long rains season.
“Previously, the government fertilizer subsidy programmes have witnessed malpractices that included infiltration by non-beneficiaries and unscrupulous traders who accessed and resold the subsidized fertilizers at higher prices,” noted the CS.
“The government has committed to subsidize a total of 388,000MT of various types of fertilizer for the 2023 long rains. This will ensure that the targeted farmer beneficiaries access the fertilizers at subsidized prices.”
Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Raymond Omollo, on his part, underscored the utility of the ‘Whole of Government’ approach during the registration drive, which will be launched soon after the conclusion of training.
“The National Government Administration has been embraced as the grassroots structure to spearhead public education, awareness raising, mobilization, identification and registration of farmers countrywide for consideration in the distribution of the fertilizer,” said Dr. Omollo.
“We must give all our support to this exercise, not only because it is a government policy but also as a civic duty and responsibility to our fellow citizens.”
The PS however warned of decisive action against any government field officer found misusing the free registration programme for personal gain.