21 August 2012

Kenya: Makueni Cotton Farmers Up in Arms Angry Over Prices

Cotton farmers in Makueni county are up in arms against the government's failure to keep its promise on the purchase price of the commodity. The farmers said they had committed hundreds of acres of their land to cultivate the crop and now want the government through the Makueni cotton ginnery to effect the initial promised prices of the commodity and stop exploiting them.

The farmers from in Kalawa and Kathulumbi divisions, said the price of Sh65 per kilogramme of the commodity earlier issued by the Ginnery officials when they provided seeds to them had been dropped to sh35 per kilogramme thus breaching the initial contract agreed between them and the Ginnery management.

They said the reduced price was substancial and that they will not let their produce go for such meagre price. They called on the ministry of agriculture to intervene and come to their rescue as they threated to set the farms on fire if the prices are not raised to the promised rate.

A local councillor Mr Peter Mwanthi,also a farmer led the farmers in the protest match demanding immediate reinstatement of the price given by the ginnery officials. He said the farmers had spend alot of money on farm imputs including buying chemicals and fertilizer to boost production.

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