New regulator to monitor country's grain reserves The Standard Digital News The new institutions include National Food Security Agency (NAFOSA), Grain Corporation of Kenya (GCK) and Commodity Exchange (COMMEX).
Globally, about one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. In developed countries, much of that loss is the result of consumers throwing away millions of tons of edible food each year.
Every year after harvest, most farmers in Uasin Gishu dry their produce in the open fields along roads and the railway line before taking it to National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and millers.
The practice, which takes place outside Kipchoge Keino Stadium along the Eldoret-Iten road and at Uasin Gishu County’s Old Cemetery grounds, poses health risks to consumers as the produce gets in contact with a lot of dust.
The people drying the maize walk barefoot over the maize, possibly contaminating the produce further.
Ironically, this hazardous habit still continues even after the county administration introduced two driers to help the farmers dry their produce efficiently and hygienically.
Construction of 15 grain storage facilities in areas prone to aflatoxin countrywide has stalled due to lack of funds, the Kareke Mbiuki the vice chairman of parliamentary committee on agriculture has said.
Mbiuki said construction of the facilities was to be funded by the national government but some money was not released after devolution to county governments.
Mr Mbiuki noted that the government shifted the burden to the county governments after the construction had started.
He said the facilities were to be built on a pilot basis to save the country of thousands of tonnes of grain that go to waste due to poor post-harvest handling.
In exchange, they receive a warehouse receipt which they can present to a bank as collateral for a loan. “In January 2011, we stored 113 (90kg) bags of maize at Lesiolo Grain Handlers and used the warehouse receipt to ...
Grain farmers in Nakuru County have begun to adopt use of a special storage bag to minimise post-harvest losses. (In the news: PICS grain storage bags reaching farmers across Kenya - 12k+ sold so far in total!
More than 10,000 grain farmers have joined the warehouse receipting system in a bid to cut out middlemen who profit unfairly by buying produce at rock-bottom prices during the harvest season and selling at exorbitant prices in deficit areas.
The East Africa Grain Council (EAGC) said thousands of farmers have embraced its storage system since 2008 when it was first introduced.
The farmers, EAGC said, have benefited from higher prices for their produce than they used to before the warehousing system when they would sell their harvest cheaply or at a loss for lack of proper storage facilities.
Smallholder farmers can now use warehouse receipts as collateral to access loans.
This follows a move by Chase Bank to partner with the East African Grain Council (EAGC) to offer short-term loans to farmers and traders in form of warehouse receipt finance in order to increase production.
Ministry of Agriculture; Government of Kenya Wholesale Commodity Prices for 25th November 2013. These are the Early Morning wholesale commodity prices for various commodities in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Malindi.
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