Kenya: Busia farmers bitter as Ugandan melons flood market

Residents of Teso South constituency, who used to earn a living farming watermelons, are not happy. During harvesting season, the farmers would receive buyers from across the country. The money earned helped them to pay school fees for their children and put food on the table. But what locals say is ‘unfair competition from Ugandan farmers’ has changed things for the worse.

Tons of watermelons are brought into the country through the Sofia border. Disgruntled farmers from Kaliwa, Amukura, Okatekok told The Standard that their livelihoods are being threatened. They painted a picture of helplessness even as they clung onto hope the government will save them by barring "excessive" importation of the fruits.

Some disclosed that they had invested heavily during the planting season in the hopes of making a killing, but they were now struggling to find buyers.


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