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Farmers planting rice at the Magombe Multipurpose co-operative Society rice scheme

Thanks for excellent work, Busia CEC tells Magombe Society management

Photo: Magombe Multipurpose co-operative Society chairman Christopher Gunyi explains to Trade Executive Judith Maketso and Chief Officer for Co-operatives Nelson Kwamini the functions of the husks machine.

Busia  County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Co-operatives and industrialization Judith  Maketso has  lauded the management of  Magombe Multipurpose co-operative for the job well done.

 “Behind the floods in Budalangi there is something beautiful  with potential  that requires support from all the stakeholders,” she said.

Maketso said the county government will fund the society to enable it  buy rice from  farmers,   re-package it before being   sold in the  supermarkets  in the county.

“We cannot be  growers yet we sell our rice  to people from other counties at throw away prices who later repackage it and  resell to us at exorbitant prices.

Maketso  cautioned  the management against funds misuse saying that money   from the county government   should be used  to improve the livelihood  of rice farmers  and create job opportunities.

 Chief Officer  for Co-operatives Nelson Kwamini said the Governor supports the Magombe Society. ” We shall see to it that the county, investors and stakeholders benefit  from the venture.’

Kwamini said during the 5th  annual devolution conference in Kakamega,  he learnt a lot from Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties where rice farmers  showcased their  success stories.

The  society chairman Christopher Gunyi said 1,700 acres of land are under rice  with one acre producing  25 bags per harvest.

He  requested for a bigger machine to help shell  the rice from the husks in larger quantity, adding that the husks can also be used for animal and fish feeds  with a  bag fetching  Sh1,000.

Gunyi said due to lack of funds they have not been able to package the rice in 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 50 Kgs, buy branding material and brand  the product.

He  said the main challenge is when the farmer wants cash for use and the society does not have. It forces the farmer to sell the rice at a throw away price after the hard work.

Gunyi  thanked the county government for giving the 11 tractors for tilling but requested for more tractors and rippers  for ease of their work, adding that they intend to expand  the project under Lower Nzoia Project.

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