Aspirant vows to formulate legislation on animal feeds

Dr Njagi Makanga , the Gichugu  UDA Parliamentary  seat aspirant  in his first Media  address since declaring his intent at the Mountain  View Hotel , near Kimunye  market  yesterday.

A Parliamentary aspirant has vowed to formulate a legislation to ensure farmers especially livestock ones were protected from unscrupulous traders.

Dr Njagi Makanga said he was aware of the many challenges livestock farmers were facing due  to lack of legislation to protect them from  various animal feed manufacturers who  dump substandard  products at their expense .

The  Makanga who is the Gichugu UDA aspirant said such feeds were being manufactured without any  supervision to establish if they contained   the required ingredients by the animals .

“ Animal feeds manufactured by various traders and later supplied  all over the country do not conform with the required standards  hence my quest to go to parliament and spearhead  discipline within this sector  through the necessary legislation,” Makanga said at his first Media briefing yesterday.

He said he would particular put the necessary safe guards to ensure no animal feed manufacturer supplied substandard feeds to farmers in Kirinyaga County.

The Gichugu UDA Parliamentary aspirant  Dr Njagi Makanga with his key supporters  arriving at the Mountain View hotel  , near Kimunye market yesterday  before addressing the media  about his vision and mission if elected come next year's general elections .

“I  can assure livestock famers that once I get to the August House  come August 9, next year my priority will the formulation of the much required legislation to safe our farmers from continuous exploitation as I also crusade  for the county traders to invest in animal feed manufacturing .,”he said .

Makakanga who was accompanied during the media briefing my his key supporters  also assured other farmers that he was equally concerned over the sky rocketing cost of farm inputs which have significantly affected  food production .

“ At the moment a 50 kg bag of fertilizer is during this season  costing Sh 4,500 and  I wonder which farmer can afford  it hence my desire to go to parliament to have this anomaly is addressed once and  for all ,”the aspirant said.

He further took issue with the Kenya Bureau of Standards for keeping quiet on the matter as farmers continued being exploited yet it was its mandate to enforce strict compliance of standards for the animal feeds.

Makanga further assured the farmers that there was proper road network for them to deliver their produce  to the market without any delay .

“Even as I focus on farm inputs and quality animal feeds I will also ensure there was  proper infrastructure in place, especially the feeder roads our  farmers use to deliver their produce to the market ,”he said.

Gichimu Githinji is the current area MP while the position has attracted a battery of contestants through various political outfits.

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