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Kenyan potato farmers set to reap big as new packaging law takes root

Potato farmers from Meru County are set to reap big after the recent implementation of laws governing packaging of the commodity.

According to the farmers, the law which demands that farmers package their produce in a 50 kilogram bag as opposed to the initial 90 kilogram will see producers get better value for their goods.

The  elated farmers interviewed by KNA pointed out that for decades middle men have been ripping them off their profits.

They said potato farming had been invaded by brokers who denied them their rightful pay.

A  farmer from Kibirichia ward, Imenti Central constituency, Gitonga Gikunda said a hectare of land can fetch about Sh.120, 000 provided that the farmer adheres to proper agricultural practices.

The farmer urged government to ensure that the laws are fully enforced to tame brokers who have exploited farmers over the years. In addition, he appealed to the government to establish a storage plant which would help farmers keep their produce while awaiting better market prices.

Full report on Kenya News Agency here