Kenya’s Nakuru County government has pledged to enforce laws that curb the exploitation of carrot growers by middlemen. The County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Dr. Immaculate Maina, said most farmers of the crop were not tapping its maximum potential because they were not members of cooperatives.
During a visit to Mau View Sacco Carrot farmers in Mau Narok, Dr. Maina stated that the devolved unit’s administration was in talks with national government and development partners to help farmers avoid post-harvest loses through the establishment of cold rooms and carrot value addition factories.
Dr. Maina revealed that Sacco members were exporting 2,850 bags of the produce per week to Uganda, adding that her administration was committed to setting up a regional carrot export market that will meet the East African Community’s demands.
Currently, there are at least 500 Cooperatives and Saccos in the county.
The CEC also announced that her department was in talks with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to fast-track certification of the Kihingo Milk plant to enable it start the packaging and marketing of dairy products in Njoro Sub-County.