Trans Nzoia Invests in Grain Dryers to Protect Maize Harvest

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As farmers across the North Rift region prepare to harvest maize, Trans Nzoia County has invested 27m in grain dryers that might come in handy if the rains persist into the harvest season.

A Maize farm in Uasin Gishu County

Farmers who harvest their maize when there is rain will have difficulty reducing the moisture content to acceptable levels and will therefore fetch lower prices for their maize which they will have to offload quickly to avoid total loss. 

The maize dryers could potentially save maize farmers from making huge losses. The facilities were launched by Governor Patrick Khaemba at Kiminini in Trans Nzoia. Khaemba announced that the dryers could handle 1,000 bags of maize a day. The ongoing rains are a threat to this year’s maize crop, and Khaemba said that farmers needed help to prevent their produce from rotting. Deputy Governor Stanley Tarus accompanied Khaemba on the launch.

Meanwhile farmers in neighboring Uasin Gishu are hoping that the rains will stop in time to keep their maize and wheat from being compromised. Majority of farmers are not equipped with adequate storage and drying facilities to cope with adverse weather at harvest time. 

 

 

 

 

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