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Potatoes worth millions of shillings going to waste in Kinangop, Nyandarua due to lack of market

15, Sep 2021

As thousands of Kenyans sleep hungry due to the ongoing drought, potatoes worth millions of shillings are going to waste in Kinangop Nyandarua county due to lack of market. Farmers from the agriculture-rich county are now calling on the state to buy the product and distribute it among the starving Kenyans. The farmers have attributed the current crisis to the recently introduced Irish potato regulations of 2019 that have locked out traders and transporters. This comes two days after farmers, traders, and transporters from the region moved to the high court seeking to have the regulations suspended. The farmers are seeking legal protection to freely engage in trading, marketing, packaging, and processing of the product from the regulations which they term as unconstitutional.