Warehousing Receipt System Launched In Kitale

Cereals producers who wish to store their produce until market prices are right have received a major boost following the launch of a Warehousing Receipt System (WRS) in Kitale town.

WRS is a system where producers or dealers deposit their commodities in certified warehouses and are issued with a warehouse receipt as proof of ownership.

Speaking during the event held at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot in Kitale, Governor Patrick Khaemba said the system is expected to help farmers address the perennial problem of post-harvest losses as well as give them the option of using the receipts issued as collateral to secure credit facilities from financial institutions.

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba.

It will also curb value chain inefficiencies, increase earnings for farmers, traders, and service providers in the agricultural value chain in the region, which is one of the leading cereals producing regions in the country,” he said.

On his part, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said the launch of the Warehousing Receipt System is part of reforms by the government to kick out cartels in the agriculture sector to boost farmers’ earnings.

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“The WRS is part of the reforms we are undertaking in the sector to ensure we eliminate cartels in the agricultural sector and allow farmers to enjoy earning from the activities,” said Munya

The CS said the WRS Council would certify 60 stores across the country as part of a program to improve food standards.

CS Peter Munya.

Munya said NCPB stores in Kitale, Meru, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Eldoret have already received the council’s certification, with 12 more in the process of receiving the same.

The CS said the system will help farmers secure credit from banks to buy farm inputs. “Apart from helping the farmers get credit facility from banks, a farmer can use the receipt to secure farm inputs,” he said.

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