Blames over Tharaka ndengu lock out from E-voucher pilot project is far from ending after Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara took on Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki for having not taken into consideration the high quantity of ndengu farmed in Tharaka.
Speaking at Gakuyu primary school during his development tour in Tharaka constituency, Gitonga said most of Ndengu that is supplied in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties comes from Tharaka but unfortunately Tharaka was not considered in pilot program.
Gitonga alias GG blamed the county government which he said is responsible for agriculture for listing Tharaka Nithi among counties that farm coffee which is done by a few people but deliberately ignored ndengu that forms the main crop in Tharaka.
“Agriculture sector being a devolved function, I am certain the county was aware of the ndengu from Tharaka and it is the one that opted for coffee crop that is only farmed by a few people from Chuka and Chogoria,’’ he said.
The legislator therefore promised to follow up the issue with the relevant offices in bid to ensure Tharaka farmers who have remained marginalized for long benefit from the program. He urged the county government to accord him support during the process if at all they are for the common man.
“Everything concerning agriculture that is carried out by the national government in the counties, the respective devolved unit must be involved directly. I therefore request our county government to cooperate where need be when I will be following up the matter towards ensuring ndengu is included in the program,’’ Gitonga said.
The government of Kenya through the ministry of agricultural has rolled out the E-voucher input management program under the national value chain support program spread across 25 counties to help farmers access wide range of agricultural inputs through a national E-voucher subsidy program.
The program intends to benefit 1.4 million farmers in 25 counties engaging in coffee, maize, sorghum, green grams, rice and Irish potatoes.
Tharaka and Igambangombe parts of Tharaka Nithi County who farms sorghum and green grams are lamenting being locked out the program with only Kitui and Makueni counties being listed as the counties that farm green grams. On the other hand, Homabay, Isiolo, Wajir, and Turkana have been listed as sorghum farming counties.
Residents have now to wait for outcome of the legislator’s promise to follow with the ministry to have their grievances considered and ndengu be included in the program.