Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation will in two months’ time introduce new regulations that seek to ban the packaging of farm produce using gunny bags.
Mwangi Kiunjuri, cabinet secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, said the regulations target sixteen food crops.
“The new crop regulations will come into force in two months and the move to sell produce like carrots and tomatoes in sacks and crates will be a thing of the past,” said Kiunjuri.
According to Kiunjuri, farmers in the country were losing millions of shillings every year due to hazards linked to selling their produce while packaged in bags or crates, given the brokers would buy potatoes using extended bags at low prices while later repackage the potatoes in smaller bag and resell it at higher prices.
He said there was already a ban on use of gunny bags in place targeting seven crops including coffee and potatoes, adding that the new ones will be beneficial to small-holder farmers.
Kiunjuri assured potato farmers that he will soon meet with the governor of Nairobi to ensure that traders transporting the commodity to the capital adhere to the ban on use of gunny bags.
“For the first time in eight years we have been able to have a law protecting potato farmers and it is up to security agencies to ensure the ban on packaging the commodity using gunny bags is enforced to the letter,” said Kiunjuri. Enditem