Trans Nzoia County Launches Second Phase of Farmer Registration to Address Fertilizer Distribution Issues

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The Trans Nzoia County government, in partnership with the national Ministry of Agriculture, has launched the second phase of a continuous farmer registration exercise to address discrepancies encountered during the first phase and ensure equitable access to subsidized fertilizer for the upcoming planting season.

The initiative, announced by County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries Phanice Khatundi, aims to harmonize data collected during the initial registration, where farmers reported receiving fewer fertilizer bags than their land size warranted.

“We have farmers with over 10 acres who only received two bags through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) notification system,” said Khatundi. “This continuous registration will address such issues and ensure fair allocation.”

The exercise also targets farmers who were not registered during the first phase, lacked proper identification, or provided inaccurate information. Over 50 agricultural officers have been trained to facilitate the registration process, which utilizes the USSD code 6163# and ward-level support.

Last year, the county registered 159,017 farmers using the Kenya Integrated Agriculture Management Information System, validating 156,189 farm households. The data is crucial for both national and county governments in making informed decisions about resource allocation and service delivery.

National government representative Joan Kiptanui emphasized the importance of the initiative in streamlining data collection, guiding e-Voucher subsidy distribution, and providing essential support to farmers.

Challenges encountered during the initial e-Subsidy Fertilizer Distribution included incorrect data entry, farmers using incorrect phone numbers, and a lack of registration due to various reasons.

“These challenges necessitate continuous registration to ensure all farmers are captured and receive fair access to subsidized fertilizer,” said Chief Officer for Agriculture Sammy Sichangi.

The NCPB Kitale depot manager, Milkah Lunani, outlined plans to expand distribution points beyond the existing centers and partner with two agro-dealers in each ward to improve accessibility for farmers.

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