Nyandarua farmers urges the government to collect excess food from them.
Due to the excess availability of food, Nyandarua farmers urges the government to collect excess food from them and supply it to disadvantaged areas.
Speaking to the press, Farmers, stated that they were forced to sell the produce at throwaway prices due to a lack of demand.
One farmer reported,”There is a lot of food going to waste at our farms due to lack of demand.”
Another farmer questioned why the government allowed their produce to go to waste, at a time when the country is suffering from one of the worst droughts in history.
The farmer questioned,”When we hear people go without food for days, we are dismayed. The government can easily bring trucks that can ferry loads of food to them. We understand that the economy is at an all-time high.”
Due to favorable climatic conditions, Nyandarua county enjoys rainfall all year round, together with their fertile lands hence making it possible for agriculture to thrive all year.
Nyandarua county is famous for growing potatoes, maize, carrots, cabbages and dairy farming.
According to statistics Kenya Economic Report 2020, Nyandarua was rated as the second fastest-growing county after Elgeyo-Marakwet, in terms of produce.
The World Food Program recently revealed that 3.5 million Kenyans are starving, marking this one of the worst droughts in the past four decades.
The government has distributed relief to various parts of Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) regions in a bid to mitigate the crisis.
This included the recent drive fund that the Deputy president together with Manufacturers in Kenya, raised a total of 104M to help starving families.