The Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has said there is enough food in the country if farmers will be motivated through subsidy of farm inputs as per the presidents agenda.
Speaking to Western Kenya Times in Kitale, Natembeya said Trans Nzoia and the entire Rift Valley has enough food to feed the country if proper mechanisms are in place to help farmers.
He praised President William Ruto’s pledge to help farmers, saying this will help increase food production in the without importation of the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which has raised many questions.
‘’Generally, I want to say there is fear of the GMO food. It’s not that those who refuse GMO food are primitive or they do not want the new technology. We should also consider our health. Some Countries like Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy Europe, Poland among others opposed the GMO food so we need to ask ourselves why,” the governor said.
The county head further challenged farmers not to sell their maize to middle men at a throw-away price but instead wait until the price is favorable.
He said his administration has plans to tap investors and set up a factory for value addition that will ensure farmers sell their maize at a better price.
The GMO discussion has led to a section of Members of Parliament, led by Pokot South MP David Pkosing and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargai, to start collecting signatures on Wednesday, November 23, to impeach Moses Kuria as the Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industrialization after his firm stand on importation of the duty-free produce.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.