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County Told to Revive Cotton Plant

July 8, 2014

Eric Oloo

COTTON farmers in Siaya have asked the county government to revive Ndere ginnery. They said this will provide a ready market for their produce, which has not been sold for several months.

Former Alego-Usonga Cotton Farmers Co-operative Society chairman Caleb Obiero Ochiyo and former treasurer Henry Okoko said they have more than 50 tonnes of cotton in the stores but there's no market for the produce.

Okoko said the cotton was harvested in November last year. He asked the government to revamp the ginnery to boost Siaya county's economy.

The two blamed the national government for duping residents to venture into cotton farming with the promise of ready market, which has remained elusive. They were speaking at Boro market in Siaya on Friday.

The farmers asked the government to set steady and regulated prices for cotton to cushion them from middlemen.

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Source: AllAfrica

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