Agricultural production has become key in the livelihood of the people in Kajiado County. With this in mind, Kajiado County Government together with other agricultural stake holders have hit the ground running with the aim of making farming in Kajiado County a success.
Agriculture is practiced in some parts of the county as more and more of the indigenous people of the county move from relying solely on livestock for their incomes to substituting this with subsistence agriculture. Efforts to develop irrigation projects in the region would see this agricultural production increase and enable the county to be food secure.
POLICY ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE WEIGHTS
Following a resolution made by the County Assemblyon 10th ecember, 2013, and pursuant to the Crops Act 2013 Sec. 6, the County Executive on a meeting held on 17th December, 2013 adopted the resolutions on policy guarding agricultural produce weight and measures.
The policy measures have been undertaken to control the packaged weights of some crop produce as indicated below:
- Onions be sold on a standard weight of 14 kg per cask/net.
- Tomatoes be sold in two standard weights depending on the market as follows: Mombasa’ crate – 24kg (Flat)‘Nairobi’ crate – 64kg (flat)
- No crates for bread, ropes and cartons will be used for packaging tomatoes.
- Green maize shall be sold in units rather than in packs.
- Sweet pepper, chilies and other related crops be weighed and sold in kilograms.
- All vehicles carrying the above crops to the markets and those passing through the County (From neighboring countries and counties) must also adhere to the above policy measures
Why policy on agricultural produce weights?
- Protect farmers against exploitation. More often than not, farmers in the region have fallen victim to middlemen who have been “stealing” from farmers by not following the required laws on standard measurement of crops as stipulated by the Government. The County Government is determined to protect the interests of farmers who are entitled to enjoying the fruits of their labor. Since the introduction of this policy, farmers are now motivated to plunge into serious farming activities after tricks by middlemen were dealt with.
- The weight and measures policy is also geared towards increasing the county government’s revenue collection. The use of standardized measurements and weighing of produce will generate uniform evaluation system of the products to curb tax evasion hence increasing revenue.
- This system is intended to impact on the lives of laborers assigned to pack, unpack, measure and package farm produces. Standardized policy will ensure they are remunerated uniformly and according to the applied labor force unlike in the past where wages varied in accordance to unstandardized weighing methods
- In transport network, the policy is anticipated to control overloading of vehicles transporting the produce to designated points. Overloading considerably weaken the driver’s ability to control the vehicle and makes the vehicle wholly unstable escalating the chances for accidents. This also causes wear and tear of roads, pavements and bridges. This leads to higher maintenance cost as it shortens the road life span creating an additional expenditure hence resulting to slow economic growth.
CONSTRUCTION OF MODERN EXPORT SLAUGHTER HOUSE, LEATHER TANNERY AND LIVESTOCK SALES YARDS
Kajiado county government have finalized the construction of a leather tannery at Isinya at a cost of 7.5 million. Export slaughter house at Imbirikani has also been finalized. New livestock sales yards at Torosei, Shompole, Imbirikani and Saikeri has been put up at a cost of 15million Kenya Shillings.
We are also rehabilitating the ones at Emali, Kimana, Rombo mile 46 and Ilbissil. In the next financial year, the county government has set aside 20 million Kenya shillings to be used in the construction of more livestock sales yards.