Kenya: Elgeyo Marakwet farmers suffer losses as rains damage roads

Many potato farmers from Lelan and Kapyego have been left watching helplessly as their crops rot in the fields because of the poor state of roads. The rains have been pounding the North Rift region from July, paralysing transport. Yesterday, County Meteorological Department Director Simon Cheptot warned that the rains will continue until October.

Joseph Toroitich, a potato farmer from Lelan, told The Standard that he might suffer losses amounting to Sh300, 000 if the rains do not subside in the next few days.

Mr Toroitich usually transports his produce to the nearby Kapcherop Market and to bigger markets in Eldoret, Kitale and Kisumu. “I harvested 200 bags of potatoes a week ago. It has been impossible to transport the produce to Kisumu," said Toroitich. "The lorries we rely on to transport the potatoes have been struck on muddy roads for days now.”


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