Gov’t to purchase driers to reduce post harvest losses

The government is in the process of purchasing driers for farmers in a bid to reduce post harvest losses and lower the importation bill.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe says, the government is committed to reduce post harvest losses to 5 percent from the current 30 percent urging farmers to frequently dry their produce to effectively manage the post harvest losses.

According to the Central Bank, Kenya has already spent 68 billion shillings on food importation this year despite improved weather conditions as compared to the better part of last year.

Lesiyampe says, currently the government is in the process of searching for ready market for tomato farmers in Rumuruti, and also increasing potato storage facilities in potato growing areas to protect farmers from incurring heavy losses.

The government is also in the process of acquiring driers to reduce moisture content in their produce.

The national and county government were urged to coordinate and ensure farmers not only produce high quality farm produce that meet international standards but also build infrastructure that will assist farmers easily access markets.

FAO has launched a pilot programme in Kenya, Tanzania,  Zambia, Zimbabwe aimed at reducing post harvest losses by assessing and offering advice to  the  countries governments.

  

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