Potato farmers to benefit from new packaging law
16 April 2013, 16:28
Members of County Assembly (MCA) from Kuresoi and Molo have launched a campaign aimed towards advocating for a law that will regulate the packaging of potatoes in the county.
The ward representatives want a standard packaging of potato in 110Kg sacks saying the farmers will stand to benefit from the new law once it is passed at the county assembly.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Ward representative from Mau Narok Gitonga Irungu said that the two areas have been very critical in the production of potatoes, cabbages, maize and carrots.
However, he said poor pay and road networks has remained a harming device to the farmers by increasing production and transport cost.
“Currently, the farmers are incurring big loses especially in areas where farm produce is carried on bags exceeding the normal sack size but the new law will help farmers a lot,” Gitonga said.
He also pointed out that brokers have over the years continued to benefit and enrich themselves with a hard work of farmers by buying their potatoes at a low cost and with extended bags hence farmers never get profit.
Gitonga added that Member of County Assembly have pledged to push for the strengthening of the law under the county government within 100 days in order to save farmers from exploitation from brokers.
“We are going to make sure the motion is tabled on the County Assembly and within a hundred days, we are going to implement it so that the farmers can benefit from their work which has been marred with loses and uncertainty,” he said.
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