Chuka Igambang’ombe Member of Parliament Patrick Munene alias Parto has protested the deliberate move to lock out Tharaka and igambangombe sub counties from the E-voucher input management system, a pilot program by the national government.
Through a letter to the principal secretary state department for crop development and agriculture research dated 7th of January 2021, the legislator says Ndengu and Sorghum farming is practiced in major parts of Tharaka Nithi County and therefore the move to ignore the crops was uncalled for.
“I wish to bring into your attention that production of Sorghum and green grams is highly practiced in the following areas within Tharaka Nithi county; Igambang’ombe subcounty,the lower parts of Maara constituency, Tharaka South and Tharaka North in Tharaka Nithi county,’’ reads a part of the letter.
Thus Parto protests the move saying it will deny constituents an opportunity to benefit from goodies that may come along with the program which translates to dilapidated live hoods of locals.
“As people’s representative and in the best interests of our people, I wish to highly protest your deliberate move of leaving out the above mentioned areas in the program. The decision remain remains totally unfair, disparaging, and unjust and thus unacceptable. It will deny our people an opportunity to benefit from farm inputs and other support services thus affecting their live hoods,’’ it reads in bits.
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.
Tharaka Nithi County has been listed under counties that farm coffee with only Magumoni and Chogoria wards in the county set to benefit from the program.
The Chuka igambangombe legislator now wants the decision by the concerned state department reverted and consequently the affected areas added as beneficiaries of the program.