Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 17:30
A district agricultural officer yesterday urged farmers to create commodity groups to increase production that can meet market demand. Gucha DAO Mulei Mutiso said that customers have been deserting the area because farmers were unable to produce more to meet their demands. “You have been losing key customers because you’re unable to produce enough for them. To maintain such customers you have to produce more,” Mutiso said.
Addressing a farmers’ forum, Mutiso said that in order to address the challenge, the ministry wants farmers producing similar commodities to form groups and set up commodity village markets so that they can link up with big customers. He noted that because of the reducing land sizes in the area, horticulture farmers are producing commodities in little quantities which can’t meet the demands of potential clients like supermarkets.
The ministry, the officer said was currently targeting farmers across the board among them the youth to engage in value addition for various products to earn more profits. “The area is endowed with carrots, bananas, pineapples, avocado and passion fruits which can fetch more money if only value addition is done,” he said. Mutiso called on farmers to come up with business plans, diversify enterprises and use recommended inputs to produce more.