A bill before the Nakuru County Assembly is proposing a Sh500,000 fine for anyone who is raising more than 30 chicken without a permit.
The proposal which is contained in the Nakuru County Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Bill has caused a huge uproar among farmers who are calling for an amendment.
The bill is requiring that prior to a farmer keeping chicken on his land, the county government must give a go ahead by first inspecting the land to access its suitability.
Part of the bill reads…“The county government shall in addition to any other considerations, take into account the number of poultry that should be kept on any piece of land in relation to the size and location of that piece of land, the prevention of nuisance and protection of public health.”
The terms in the bill have been termed as oppressive by farmers and they are demanding a change.
Failure to obtain a permit if the chicken count exceeds 30 may also result in a year in jail.
A cross-section of Nakuru have condemned the bill terming it as it retrogressive and unfriendly to farmers.
A Nakuru lobby chairman Jesse Karanja has asked MCAs to reject the bill.