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Kenya's potato brokers from Meru Central and Buuri sub-counties flouting new packaging law

By Phares Mutembei | August 7th 2015

Potato farmers from Meru Central and Buuri sub-counties have decried the high number of brokers flouting the law on packaging. Farmers claimed a section of traders were still packing their potatoes in bags exceeding the stipulated 50kg bags, yet no action had been taken.

Zebib kavuma (country director-Kenya)UN Women and Meru Governor (right)Peter Munya on 23rd July 2015 at the delta towers, Nairobi. This was during the signing of an MOU between governors that will enable counties empower women in their counties. (PHOTO: MBUGUA KIBERA/ STANDARD)

Governor Peter Munya (pictured) has now asked the Ministry of Agriculture to enforce the guidelines to ensure farmers are not swindled by the brokers. 

“We do not want the brokers to put pressure on farmers to pack their potatoes in 100kg bags. Enforcement bodies must visit market centres to ensure this,” Mr Munya said.

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