29th November 2013 19:00]
Uasin Gishu county governor Jackson Mandago is set to launch two new maize dryers on Saturday 30th November.
The dryers bought by the County government will help farmers reduce the moisture content of their maize.
County executive in chairge of Agriculture Dr Cyril Ambrose Cheruiyot said one dryer will handle five tonnes of maize per hour and is capable of reducing moisture content from 20 to 14 per cent.
Dr Cyril said the acquisition of the dryers was necessitated by farmers’ demands and unhygienic conditions where they dry their maize. “Farmers are drying their maize on the ground which is not hygienic. We bought the two machines to improve the hygiene,”he added.
There has been only one maize dryer in the county but the county government has now confirmed that one of the new machines will be mobile and the other will be placed at Tugen estate.
The county produces the largest percentage of the grain basket in the country. However farmers have always been using Kipchoge Stadium as their drying ground as they could not access a drying machine.
The fee to be paid by farmers for the use of the machines has not yet been set as the county government is still waiting to consult farmers and other stakeholders in the maize sector.