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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
22 | County News AGRICULTURE | Uhuru ordered NCPB to lower cost of input Team to vet farmers who qualify to receive the item as cereals board says it is ready for season Tough rules on fertiliser released S BY BARNABAS BII firstname.lastname@example.org AND TOM MATOKE trict guidelines have been intoruduced to identify farmers who will buy sub- sidised fertiliser. A vetting committee will be set up to identify the farmers. The committee comprises a chief, Ward agricultural officer, local leader, religious leader and farmers’ representative. The committee is expected to draw up a farmers’ register indicating the size of land and the type of fertiliser required. The procedures were released by the Ministry of Agriculture to the National Cereals and Produce Board. “Farmers are issued with forms that have to be signed by the area chief and the agricultural extension officer before they get the fertiliser,” said board public relations manager Evans Wasike. Under the new regulations issued on February 20, farmers would receive a maximum of 40 bags of fertiliser. Previously, farmers were required to just have a letter from the agricultural extension officer in order to buy subsidised fertiliser. Mr Wasike said the board had 860,000 tonnes of all types of fertiliser in its stores countrywide. “More fertiliser is expected in the country next week,” said Mr Wasike. The cost of a bag of Diammo- nium Phosphate has dropped from Sh2,400 to Sh2,000 while that of Calcium Ammonium Nitrate is down to Sh2,000 from Sh2,300 and Urea Sh1,500. This followed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order to the board to reduce prices. The government has bought extra 143,000 tonnes of fertiliser this season to be distributed to farmers through cereals board stores countrywide. Meanwhile, 10 counties in Rift Valley have joined hands to import fertiliser. According to the Nandi Gov- ernor Cleophas Lagat, food insecurity was a major stumbling block in the region. DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 NAIROBI Setback for miraa traders BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Miraa traders have suffered a setback in their bid to stop the anti-drugs body from classifying it as a narcotic. A High Court judge yester- day ruled that the traders did not table sufficient evidence to show that the National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse had classified Miraa as a narcotic. Justice David Majanja said if there was any classification, Nacada would declare so. Commissioned a research Nacada has denied ever Farmers are issued with forms that have to be signed by the area chief and the agricultural extension officer before they get the fertiliser,” Cereals board public relations manager Evans Wasike declaring or making any classification of miraa as a narcotic. It said that that was not its mandate as it only commissioned a research to be done. The judge while defending the anti-drugs body noted that the matter had generated a lot of public interest. In July 17, last year, Nyam- FILE | NATION A worker offloads sacks of fertiliser which arrived at the port of Mombasa from Saudi Arabia last month. The cereals board has 860,000 tonnes of fertiliser in its stores countrywide. bene Miraa Traders Association sued Nacada and the AttorneyGeneral for illegally purporting to classify miraa as a narcotic drug.
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