Bumper harvest expected in Mt. Elgon
Thursday, 24th November 2011 By Kakamegatimes.
400,000 bags of maize are expected to be harvested in Mt. Elgon and Cheptais district this season up from 250,000 bags last season.
Mt. Elgon district Agricultural officer Sammy Cheminingwa said the production projection of cereal went up due to concerted efforts by stakeholders and the government that provided subsidies fertilizer.
The Kapsokwony depot national cereal and produce board has started buying maize from local farmers at a cost of Kshs. 3000 per 90kg bag of maize.
The depot manager Joseph Ngeno said so far the centre has purchased 250 90 kg bags of dry maize from local producers.
However he said due to heavy rains pounding the area, the cereal produce had been affected by high moisture and rotting of the cereals prompting a high post harvest damages and wastes.
Ngeno further pointed out hat the government had procured 1680 50 kg fertilizers at a cost of Kshs. 2500 per bag to local farmers to improve their productions.