Fuel prices hike hampers farming in Trans-Nzoia county.

Farmers receiving farm inputs in Machewa area of Trans-Nzoia county.

As planting season draws near leaders from Transnzoia county have expressed their displeasure in the manner the government is handling farmers predicaments claiming increased fuel prices might hamper the production of food in the county thus interfering with the big four agenda of Food security in the same Government

Speaking this within various wards of Machewa led by area MCA Geoffrey Wambalaba and his kwanza counterpart Sarah Lubano when they joined widows, the challenged and poor in the distribution of subsidized fertilizer by the county Government of Transnzoia the two leaders claimed increased fuel prices might hinder efficient production of food within the county which is the as the food basket of the nation

They noted that since the advent of Coronavirus most farmers within the county are poor and that they are unable to raise money for planting and ploughing this season

They added that most farmers that own tractors have taken advantage of hiking ploughing costs for different farms that are owned by poor farmers who can’t raise the monies for the cultivation of their farms that will affect the production of farm produces

The two leaders condemned also hiking of fertilizers following increased fuel prices stating that it was a pointer of more hard times ahead for farmers within the county as increased fertilizer price will negatively impact food production within the county

The leaders stated that as it stands now farmers within the county are going through difficult times of raising fees for their children among other issues and hiking fertilizer price will adversely affect the agricultural practices within the county calling upon the Government to intervene by reducing the fertilizer price

They however called upon farmers to desist from selling their fertilizers given to them by the County Government and instead use their useful time in farms to raise food for their families