Trans Nzoia Governor calls for better access to maize drying facilities

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Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba and Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri speaking to the press
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba and Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri speaking to the press at a past function

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has noted there is a need to promote easy access to facilities of drying maize at an affordable price countrywide. He said there should be proper drying of maize in proper places, adding tat some farmers are forced to dry their maize by the roadside because they have no other choices.

He cited that he has already availed two mobile dryers in Trans Nzoia County, “We hope that if we can get enough dryers across the County we can attain the (required) moisture content.” However, he said proper storage of maize should also be available, “Moisture content alone is not enough if you don’t have proper storage facilities,” he said.

The Governor said if maize is well stored it reduces the chances of chemical contamination, and that silos are a good way of storing maize. He faulted the way maize is stored in Cereals Board stores, saying maize is exposed to high content of Aflatoxin, “I visited a store and found a whole store with huge amounts of maize in condition not fit for human consumption.”