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County sessions adjourned after blackout

18 July 2013, 16:16 Wangui Joseph

Business in Nyeri County Assembly was halted and adjourned following a disruption of electric supply on Wednesday evening.

Speaker David Mwangi Mugo said the session could not proceed as members were not able to see each other. The speaker also said he could not establish who was making a contribution to a motion due to darkness in the chambers.

He said they require an automatic power generator as back up saying electricity blackout is one of the major challenges they are facing.

The members therefore had to adjourn a motion on potato farming and marketing which had been tabled in the assembly by Hon. Anthony Kanyiri.

In the motion, the Ward Representative wants the County Government to come up with a comprehensive policy to protect small scale potato farmers from exploitative trade practices.

Kanyiri also wants the Executive Committee in charge of Agriculture to prepare and present a comprehensive Bill to protect farmers against unscrupulous middlemen by regulating packaging, storage, sale and distribution of potatoes in the County.

However, he was advised that exploitation of potato farmers is affecting farmers across the country especially in Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties.

Other members of the committee said that agricultural committees from other counties should deliberate over the issue and come up with a universal policy to guard and protect the sector.

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