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Taita Taveta farmerscoopTaita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Tourism and Cooperative Development Getrude Shuwe observed that farmers are being exploited by buyers who take advantage of their desperation especially those dealing with perishables. "It's sad that farmers cannot stand up for themselves and fight against this exploitation. If they were members of the cooperatives they can secure a good market price. They are also still using old methods of weighing their produce such as tins and plastic containers," she said.
She urged the farmers to shun these methods and embrace weighing scales of approved standards in order to realise profits from their toil. "Taveta has a lot of potential for wealth creation through agribusiness which can improve the standards of living of farmers and economic development as a whole. It's disheartening to see that most farmers cannot attain their goals as they sell their yields at a loss," she concluded. Speaking at the same function, Taveta Sub-County Cooperative Officer Mr. Patrick Alwala urged them to embrace cooperatives to help develop value chains. "Being in cooperative will give farmers an opportunity to speak in one voice and have access to loans to enable them empower themselves," he implored.

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