Boost to Nakuru farmers as County partners to implement Warehouse Receipt System 

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with Warehouse Receipt System Council to commence implementation of the Warehouse Receipt System.

This is in line with the Council’s move to work closely with County Governments, Ministries, State Agencies and private sector institutions to ensure reforms that benefit farmers.

Speaking in Nakuru on Thursday morning during a meeting on implementation of the Warehouse Receipt System, the Council’s Chairperson Ms Jane Ngige stated that the Council will focus on implementing the Warehouse Receipt System for maize, beans, green grams, coffee, wheat and rice.

In addition, the Council will progressively expand to cover other agricultural commodities across the country.

“As a council, we will work closely with respective counties, Ministries and state agencies such as the State Department of Trade, National Cereals and Produce Board, Kenya National Trading Corporation and private sector institutions to ensure reforms gain momentum,” she said.

The Warehouse Receipt System is identified in the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy as a key intervention to improve commodity storage, reduce average    post-harvest losses and curb value chain inefficiencies.

The System also increases financial earnings to farmers, traders and service providers in agricultural commodity trade.

Under the System, owners of commodities (producers or dealers) deposit their commodities in certified warehouses and are issued with a document of title called a Warehouse Receipt as a proof of ownership.

The Parliament passed The Warehouse Receipt System Act No.8 of 2019 in June 2019 providing a legal as well as a regulatory framework for development and regulation of a Warehouse Receipt System and establishment of the Council.

Ms Ngige noted that the system once implemented will encourage increased lending to the Agricultural sector by providing alternative commodities and mitigating risk to the Banks within a structured trading system.

She added that, “The system also ensures confidence in the agricultural trading system given the consistency and an assurance to the buyers that the commodity is stored safely and is of known tradable quantity and quality.”

It should be noted that the Warehouse Receipt System operates successfully in countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia and Rwanda with pilot programs in Kenya having been conducted by both public and private sector players in the last 10 years.

Farmers who participated indicated premium benefits realized through the Warehouse Receipt System as it reduced pressure to sell their produce immediately after harvests when prices are too low, rather the system allowed them to access credit as they waited for favourable prices.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on his part reiterating the county is ready to partner with stakeholders towards improving farmers’ welfare.

He also called for the need to consider consumers and farmers in all the engagements as everything ends with them.

“We need to look at the whole value chain and ensure we also bring the consumers and farmers on board. The Billionaires in the millers’ industry are the farmers who should be brought on board.”


Nakuru County Government to set up a One Stop service centre

Plans are at an advanced stage to set up a one-stop Nakuru County Government services centre.
According to a senior official in the Nakuru County government, this has been necessitated by the need to save residents time and introduce convenience.
“There is no reason why someone seeking County Government should not get them under one roof,” said the official.

Nakuru County Government will set up a one-stop service centre
Nakuru Town

The Old Town Hall has already been earmarked for the project which will see the time residents spend seeking the county government services reduce drastically. The hall is awaiting refurbishment before the service can kick off.
“We want to save the residents seeking these services the hassle of moving from one end of the town to the other looking for essential services. We want all information to be accessible under one roof and for payments for services to be made at a central point,” added the official.
The Nakuru County Government will go a step further and introduce online payment options for some services.
“A person wishing to apply and pay for a single business permit in Kuresoi does not need to travel all the way to Nakuru Town. They will just log into the county portal and make payments in real time,” the official adds.
Payments through the portal can be made either through the mobile money payment service M-Pesa, Master Card or Visa Card. Tests for this have already been carried out and this is just awaiting the official nod to get implemented.
This if implemented will see Nakuru County take huge steps in digitization of services and save residents seeking services time and money. The collection of parking fees has already been digitized saving the county millions of shillings.
Most of the Nakuru County residents who have heard of the idea are happy about it saying it’s a step in the right direction.
“I just hope political interference will not prevent this noble idea from seeing the light of day,” said a concerned resident.
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