Rice farmers implored to sell produce to irrigation board-By Joseph Ojwang


Rice farmers in West Kano Irrigation Scheme have been told to grab the government opportunity by delivering their rice to Western Kenya Rice Mill for better prices.

The scheme manager Joel Tanui says farmers within the scheme managed to harvest 25,000 metric tonnes of rice in the recent harvest.

Tanui says it is their desire to purchase all what the farmers had harvested and pay the recommended price that was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He told farmers not to sell their produce to middle men since they will fetch low prices as compared to what the government is offering.

Tanui further announced that they plan to increase the acreage under rice within the scheme from the current 11,000 acres to 16,000 acres.

Speaking to the press during a farmers’ field day in Nyando Sub County, Tanui says as a government agency they will ensure total implementation of the government directive.

He told farmers that the prices will continue to improve over time as farmers’ sell their produce to the government outlets.

Tanui assured farmers of payments within at least three days upon delivery of their produce to the rice mill.