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Farmers Threaten Cane Boycott

February 7, 2014

Maurice Alal

SUGARCANE farmers from Muhoroni and Nandi have threatened to boycott cane farming if the government does not resolve fluctuation of prices.

The farmers want the government to come up with an Act to help in determining cane pricing per tonne to avoid exploitation. Julius Kibiwot, a farmer, said the local factories frustrate farmers during the harvesting season. "Most of the local millers have reduced cane prices to Sh2,800 from Sh3,500 per tonne," he said.

Kibiwot called for the standardisation of all weighbridges in Muhoroni, Miwani, Kibos and Chemelil to curb exploitation of farmers. The farmers accused some officers in charge of harvesting for demanding bribes to harvest their sugacanes.

"Sometimes we have to pay more than Sh10,000 for our cane to be harvested on time," Zachary Cheruyiot said. They were speaking in Muhoroni yesterday.

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Source: AllAfrica

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