Taita Taveta county plan to boost banana farming
Boost farming“The construction of the multi-million-shilling value-addition plant will commence in April at the new market in Taveta,” said Mwangoma. The factory is projected to boost banana farming in Taveta where farmers produce an estimated 35 to 60 tonnes per acre annually. A report by the county says there are 5,139.79 acres under banana plantation in Taveta, but farmers complain of low earnings as the produce trades at Sh5 per kilo during off-peak season.
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