Kenya Seed faces payment demands for bogus inputs
The Kenya Seed Company (KSC) is looking into compensation claims if Parliament approves a petition from corn growers who say they lost this season’s crop due to the planting of fake seeds.
Farmers want parliament to order KSC to compensate those who were sold fake seeds by traders, who reused the parastatal company’s branded packaging.
âThat the National Assembly recommend that the Ministry of Agriculture and the Kenya Seed Company compensate farmers who have suffered losses after planting fake seeds in Kenya Seed Company branded material,â the farmers said.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, has asked the Agriculture Committee to investigate the claims of farmers from the North and South Rift.
Farmers have named Kenya Seed’s H624 and H6213 maize varieties as the most affected by counterfeits.
âAt the time of planting, most of the packages of H624 and H6213 contained rotten seeds, a situation never seen before,â the farmers said. âAfter planting, the majority of farmers experienced poor germination at 30 percent for H624. There has been weak and uneven growth.
They said that KSC’s mismanagement created a loophole for the production of fake corn seeds, hampering production.
The petitioners also blamed KSC’s board of directors and the acting general manager, arguing that they have outstanding integrity issues, including the sale of seed worth 100 million shillings to Narok and 10 million shillings at its head office in Kitale.
Due to fake seeds, farmers said they face huge losses after receiving suspicious seeds that did not germinate resulting in a poor harvest.