Kenyan potato growers seek review of packaging laws

Kenyan growers want the implementation of Crops (Irish Potato) Regulations 2019 reviewed. Although the laws were aimed at protecting them from exploitation by middlemen, some sources claim that the laws have caused many of them sink even greater losses. 

“Implementation of the new regulations came with a drastic drop in farm gate prices. We had high hopes that the prices would gradually rise and stabilise but this has not been the case,” said one small scale farmer in Sirikwa, Kuresoi North. He added that, though the prices for their produce kept fluctuating before, there were high seasons which they banked on. 

In January this year, the High Court upheld the implementation of Crops (Irish Potato) Regulations 2019. The regulations banned packaging of the produce in bags weighing no more than 50 kilogrammes. “This has led to a significant drop in the productivity of our farms. Organic fertiliser is not readily available for big farms and cannot immediately boost production,” said Mwathi. 


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