By Brenda Czeda
Tana River County Deputy Governor, Jire Siyat wants cotton stakeholders in the county to engage farmers on the 60 million shillings cotton scheme.
Initially this was an initiative by the government to uplift the living standards of cotton farmers at the Bura Irrigation scheme and after the project failed to take off early this year, it faced a similar fate at the second attempt after it emerged that area leaders and farmers had not resolved outstanding issues contained in an agreement between them and key stakeholders in the 60 million shillings scheme
Tana River County Deputy Governor Jire Siyat warns farmers not to append their signature on the agreement unless leaders and farmers engage stakeholders on the way forward
John Macharia, farmers’ representative said that out of the 3,000 farmers at Bura irrigation scheme only 1,000 are active while the remaining 2000 farmers cannot access credit as they have been blacklisted and have never been paid their dues 4 years down the line for cotton they delivered to Kitui ginneries
Cotton farmers in Tana River County now want an assurance that they will not carry the burden in the unlikely event of crop failure due to poor seeds quality, delay in payment to farmers for cotton delivered among others.