Mkulima today economic crimes are not limited to any industry in our nation. The agricultural value chain has not been excused from the effects of criminals. Kenya seed limited the parent company of simlaw seeds escaped a loss of over seven million shillings but luckily the Directorate of Criminal Investigation was available for help and investigations.
With quick reaction, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations recovers seeds worth seven million shillings stolen from Kenya seed limited.
Detectives from the serious crime unit some few days ago recovered over 1700 bales of stolen Kenya seed company’s hybrid maize certified seeds, valued at over Kenya shillings seven million from a private warehouse in Narok county.
In what the serious crimes busters described as a well-coordinated syndicate, involving a store supervisor at Narok’s Kenya seed company branch, Brian Meja, and two Narok-based unscrupulous traders of Asian origin only known as Yogesh and Gaurav.
They raided a facility leased by Meja a distance from Kenya seed’s main godown where the recovery was made.
The detectives uncovered that the stolen high-yielding seeds of the variety 6213 are transported in two Toyota probox vehicles daily and held at Meja’s store for a short period of time.
Afterward they are moved to the premises of the two Asian fraudsters.
Approximately, 40 bales each containing 12 packets of 2 kilograms per packet have been supplied daily to the two gentlemen for a period of time.
Yogesh who owns Shakti farm products and Ololunga shiv agrovets in lulunga town has one other godown within Narok town that has currently stored over 10 tonnes of stolen seeds.
His fellow suspect Gurav operates Sai agrovet in Bomet.
Preliminary investigations indicate that in a bid to rake in more profits at the expense of poor farmers, the crooked traders package ordinary colored maize grains, disguised as genuine high yielding, Kenya seeds variety 6213.
They then sell it exorbitantly to unsuspecting farmers, who end up with poor yields after planting and incurring high input costs trying to improve the crop.
In this regard, samples of the recovered seeds will be subjected to forensic analysis with experts drawn from the office of the directorate of criminal investigations forensics lab, the government chemist, Kenya bureau of standards, and other relevant government agencies to strengthen the case against the suspects.
Further detectives from the serious crime unit augmented by other relevant investigative units will visit the Kenya seeds company limited to among others ascertain how the genuine, certified seeds are graded and packaged as opposed to the ones packaged by the suspects.
The DCI thanks the member of the public who provided the information regarding the fraudsters via the toll-free number 0800722203.
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