The wheat seeds found in a Narok store

In yet another raid, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) have today  confiscated 6,000 bags of counterfeit wheat seeds in Narok county.

The seeds are worth Sh18 million.

Kephis officials said that some unscrupulous traders were taking advantage of the farmers during the planting season.

The raid comes a day after the seeds inspectorate warned that it would crackdown on counterfeit seeds that are now being blamed for poor harvests.

“It is unfortunate that some seed producing companies have taken advantage of the planting season to sell uncertified seeds to farmers,” said Dr Kimani said.

Dr Kimani displays the fake seeds they found in Nakuru

“Farmers should be careful. They should not purchase seeds not certified by Kephis. Most of them don’t germinate while others give poor yields,” she said.

The Friday raid led by Dr Kimani found the fake seeds in stores leased by the National Cereals and Produce Board where 13.5 tons of uncertified seeds were found.

More details soon…

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