NASA co principal Raila Odinga address wanachi at 64 stadium in Eldoret,Uasin Gishu county 225th Feb 2017/upesinews
BY KORIR JUMA,ELDORET,25TH FEB 2017– A few days after its official unveiling The National Super Alliance held its inaugural public on Saturday at the 64 stadium in Eldoret. Addressing the rally NASA co-principal Raila Odinga has lashed out at the ruling coalition Jubilee for mismanaging the agricultural sector and negatively affecting lives of residents of the north rift who depends on agriculture for their livelihood.
Odinga who was accompanied by other NASA co-principals Moses Wetangula,Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka has promised that the NASA administration will restore the economy of the entire Uasin gishu county and the entire county through supporting farmers.
He says NASA administration will finance the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) to allow it produce quality seeds and livestock breed.Imported wheat has flooded the Kenyan market. They will adopt a policy of Kenyan farms and Kenyan farmers first.According to Odinga Wheat farmers in Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Narok and Trans-Nzoia have faced similar problems. ”We will allocate the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) the money it requires to serve farmers”.he said.
NASA leaders address wanachi at 64 stadium in Eldoret,Uasin Gishu county 225th Feb 2017/upesinews
The NASA administration will ensure that subsidized fertilizer reaches farmers directly & not through brokers as has been the case under Jubilee.He also said they will dedicate at least 10% of the national budget to agriculture as required globally.Odinga further added that the NASA leadership will provide high quality and affordable fertilizers to allow farmers feed the nation without imports.”Jubilee has stalled KCC’s return to farmers.
They want to privatize it. Milk producers are paid poorly because of monopoly.Farmers lack technical advice on good agricultural practices & crop husbandry because the Jubilee withdrew agricultural extension officers.Cheap imports by well connected individuals have ensured farmers don’t benefit from their produce”.he said .Odinga lamented that the use of poor quality subsidized fertilizers from government has worsened the problem.
”At the beginning of 2014, maize production in Rift Valley declined to 17 million bags down from 22 million bags in 2012.Moreover, for the last 5 years, maize farmers have posted dismal harvests because of Maize Leaf Necrosis disease”.The ODM leader said
Under Jubilee, a 90kg bag of maize fell from Sh3000 to Sh2,800 due to mismanagement of the agriculture sector.”The Rift Valley is the bread basket of the county with majority of our nation’s food being produced here. Why is our country starving?”