Official, researcher clash over bhang project
By BONIFACE GIKANDI
A county commissioner has clashed with a researcher intending to roll out a pilot project to grow bhang for commercial purposes in Murang’a County.
Area County Commissioner Kula Hache had summoned the biochemist to shed light on his activities.
In the project, the biochemist intends to roll out the project with 4,500 farmers in Murang’a and Nairobi counties.
Hell broke loose when the scientist explained to the administrator and other members of the security committee and county executive member for agriculture Albert Mwaniki on the importance of adults taking two spoons of food supplements extracted from bhang every morning.
He further pointed that he had spent over Sh56 million in the research for food supplements from various crops as he displayed bhang supplements to the shocked county commissioner.
“You want me to take bhang to grow mad like you. Who ever will attempt to plant bhang risks being arrested and prosecuted in accordance to the law,” said Hache.
She warned farmers against being deceived since planting and smoking of bhang remained a crime in Kenya.
The researcher had been summoned to shed more light after a local daily reported his intention to work with the county commissioners in mopping up illegal bhang in Kenya estimated at 5,000 hectares before embarking on registered farming.
Last Monday during a demonstration, Mwaura displayed his efforts towards extracting food supplements from various plants saying the innovation would earn the county government millions of shillings annually while regulating the venture to minimise misuse.
He has managed to extract food supplements from coffee, tea and miraa, among other crops grown in Kenya, saying county governments could be collecting millions of shillings in taxes from the farmers in the bhang-growing business.
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