The price of cotton has improved marginally in Mt Kenya East. A kilo is fetching Sh46 up from Sh40 last year, marking improved earning for farmers.
Speaking during a farmer’s forum in the cotton belt of Kanyangi in Mbeere North at the weekend, farmers said the earnings offer better returns than five years ago when a kilo fetched Sh25.
Njue Mbothere, a farmer, said he prefers cotton to maize farming as the former is drought tolerant.
Another farmer Joseph Nyaga said cotton farming is capital- intensive considering that a farmer has to spray a lot to contain pests.
The farmers called on the Government to assist them form cooperatives that would give them loans, subsidised inputs and extension services.