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.
“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.