The Star (Nairobi)

3 September 2014

Kenya: Farmers Protest Low Cane Prices

WEST Kenya Company farmers in Bungoma county yesterday demonstrated at the Misikhu weighbridge over reduction of cane prices by the firm.

The farmers said the company has cut the price per tonne from Sh4,500 to Sh2,900.

"How can they reduce the price yet they know very well that the cost of living and that of farm inputs is going up," said Gregory Nabukwesi, the farmers' representative.

He accused the firm of increasing the transport cost levied on farmers from Sh450 to Sh750 without consulting them.

The famers did not deliver their cane to the company.

They said they will not relent until the prices are increased.

"We want to tell the management of West Kenya that we will paralyse their operations till they listen to our cry," Nabukwesi said.

He said local leaders are not addressing their issues, therefore they should not expect any farmer to support them in the2017 elections.

They farmers threatened to uproot the crop if their pleas are not heeded to.

Police officers monitored the protest from a distance.

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