Farmers want ban on export of raw nuts lifted

Written By: Regina Manyara Gitau
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A section of macadamia farmers from Embu County are calling on the government to lift the ban on exportation of raw nuts to allow them to sell their produce to any willing buyer.

They claim the ban is choking their venture while benefiting a few local nut processors.

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Macadamia growers want a repeal of the law banning export of raw nuts, saying foreigners are better customers than local processors.

The farmers claim that the local processors underpay them compared to what foreign buyers from South Africa and Zimbabwe offer.

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The farmers claim that local processors are colluding with authorities to export raw nuts despite the law barring export of raw cashew nuts, pyrethrum, Bixa and Macadamia.

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The farmers want the government to incentivize macadamia farming to spur growth and foster value addition in the venture.

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