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A milestone for Miraa farmers in Embu as county govt develops guidelines aimed at managing the cash crop

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BY CORRESPONDENT,NAIROBI,16TH JULY 2019-The County government of Embu has drafted regulations and guidelines aimed at proper management of production, consumption and marketing of miraa. Part of the draft regulations include training of farmers to guide them on safe use of chemicals in collaboration with the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KARLO).

According to the CEC agriculture Ms Annie Nyaga, the guidelines will form part of a broader policy which includes addressing the adverse effects of miraa to consumers and mitigate societal challenges associated with Muguka, as popularly known.

At the same time, the County Government has commenced the construction of five earth dams and seven market sheds to support miraaa farmers as part of the implementation of the Miraa task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.

A batch of Miraa|FILE IMAGE

The project being undertaken by the county and national governments includes construction of
earth dams in Kamugushu in Mbeti South, Nyuari in Mavuria. Gitumbiri in Nthawa and Kiangithi
in Evurore and Murindi in Mavuria.

The funds have been drawn from an allocation of Kshs 167 million allocated to Embu County under the ministry of Agriculture to support miraa farmers in the county.
“I am confident the earth dams will provide adequate water for irrigation as well as hygienic
trading environment for both buyers and sellers of Miraa” Annie said.

Last week, the national taskforce and ministry of agriculture officials conducted an inspection tour of the projects in Embu and expressed satisfaction on their progress.
Already, the Miraa taskforce has toured Ethiopia, Mozambique and Djibouti in a market expansion drive.

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