Government appoints new board to restructure KFASeptember 30, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30- Kenya Farmers Association is set to go through a fresh restructuring program aimed at helping the firm remain beneficial to farmers, through creating economies of scale, maintaining quality of farm inputs, and provision of affordable credit to farmers.
Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya says the government has formed a caretaker board consisting a board of 9 persons that will help the association get back to its feet.
“One of the immediate resolutions we made is to dissolve the immediate former board of Kenya Farmers Association and appoint a caretaker board consisting of 9 persons that will not be in office for more than six months,” said Munya.
Some of the responsibilities the new board will be expected to take care of include clean up the members register, review and amend the by-laws of KFA, formulate a business plan and revival strategy for KFA, among others.
“The caretaker board and the management will support the government on restructuring of KFA, and any other auxiliary duty that will be considered necessary of functions such as conducting the affairs of KFA in accordance with the established laws and regulations for maximum benefit for the members,” Munya added.
The restructuring process comes two months after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Trade and Industrialization Peter Munya to start restructuring Kenya Farmers Association and Kenya Planters Co-operative Union.
The move follows the liquidation of Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU) by the government, one of the oldest unions in the country, owing to mismanagement.
KFA farmers had early this year presented a proposal to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture seeking support for the revival of KFA.
Kenya Farmers Association is also a body that holds both large scale and small-scale farmers.
The organization was registered in 1923 as a company then registered as a co-operative n 1932.
Though KFA still enjoys the goodwill of farmers, it has not met the standard objective.
Currently, it has 67 branches but only 33 stores are operational with most of them operating below capacity.