The kshs Sh1.2 billion will go to implementation of recommendations to improve the profitability of miraa farming in the country.
BY PSCU/KORIR JUMA,4TH APRIL 2017- Miraa farmers in the country can now afford a smile after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the release of Sh1.2 billion to implement recommendations to improve the profitability of miraa farming.
He issued the directive on the cash which was allocated earlier, after a Task Force he formed to give recommendations on the miraa sector presented its report to him at State House, Nairobi.
President Kenyatta said all priority recommendations by the task force should be implemented within the year.
“The money that was allocated will now be released and it will be used in accordance with the recommendations of the task force,” said the President when he spoke after the report was presented to him.
Key among the immediate recommendations of the Miraa Task Force is providing seed capital for farmers to access affordable credit.
This is aimed at redemption of leased miraa farms to break the cycle of poverty. The Government will facilitate the setting up of SACCOs so that farmers can access the credit in an organised manner
Another immediate recommendation is the registration of miraa farmers to facilitate target intervention and eliminate possibility of fraud.
The report also says a farmer-controlled agency styled along the lines of similar agencies for other crops should be formed.
Establishment of Miraa Research Institute (MRI) and support for research on the development of various new miraa products and utilisations is another of the immediate recommendations.