× Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education U-Report E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

We want a tobacco plant, farmers plead

By - | April 4th 2013 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Tobacco farmers in Migori have appealed to the county government to seek investors to build a processing plant.

Through their union, Kenya Tobacco Farmers Association, they said it would boost the county’s economy.

“It is unacceptable that 20,000 tobacco farmers of 35,000 nationally come from this county  yet we don’t have a processing plant. Establishment of a processing plant in Migori will not only increase revenue but also increase employment,” Ketofa Chief Executive Officer Joseph Wanguhu said.

He said currently, there are only British America Tobacco in Thika and Mastermind in Nairobi.

SEE ALSO: Showdown over divisive revenue sharing formula

“Annually, Kenya produces over 22,000 metric tons of tobacco with Migori County contributing 16,000 tons even though farmers are yet to find any direct benefit from the cash crop,” Mr Wanguhu said.

Better infrastructure

He said the high cost of transporting tobacco to Nairobi has been left to to farmers to bear hence diminishing their pay at the end of the day.

 He was speaking in Migori town after meeting hundreds of farmers from Kuria and Migori, who urged local politicians to speed up their pledges.

“We need our interests protected through the County Government by building better infrastructure and establish the firm which has to be partly owned by local farmers through shareholding,” said Mr Chacha Magaiwa, a farmer.

SEE ALSO: NSL: Migori Youth donate relief food to the sick

Wanguhu and Magaiwa also urged business people to invest in the sector nationally to increase competition.

“Investors in this sector will increase competition because currently the three investors pay poorly. There are some cases where farmers have not been paid for a year even after making deliveries to the companies,” he added.

Migori Tobacco BAT Mastermind Tobacco
Share this story