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Crop Storage System in Depots Is Being Launched in the Country

 

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A system for farmers to submit agricultural products stored in warehouses in the country has been officially launched in the country to enable farmers to store their produce and be given receipts confirming the move.

Receipts issued to farmers who submit their crops can be sold or used to raise cash and agricultural inputs.

Agriculture Minister Peter Munya said the system would help reduce post-harvest losses from the current 40 percent to 10 percent and boost farmers’ incomes.

The Food and Agriculture Council (HC) has approved and registered 45 warehouses under the system.

Warehouses of the National Cereals and Crops Council in Kitale, Eldoret, Meru, Nakuru and Nairobi have started receiving farmers’ produce.

Plans are under way to include potatoes and coffee in the new system which now only deals with cereals, and which aims to deal with brokers who exploit farmers.

The country’s investment council hopes to set up an investment guide for potential investors in the field.