Good News to Meru Farmers as President Ruto Promises Miraa Business Will Thrive

ByBrian Amwai
Published on: Apr 22, 2023 05:04
President William Ruto || Photo Courtesy

During his tour of Meru County on Saturday to launch development projects, President William Ruto said his government is committed to increasing earnings by Miraa farmers and creating economic opportunities for all Kenyans.

The president said the Government had put in place a new regulation reducing miraa levies to boost earnings.

“Now that we have removed those levies and fees, the miraa business will thrive,” he said.

The President said the new regulation has also unlocked a market in Somalia for the product following negotiations.

The president was accompanied by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi, Meru Governor Bishop Kawira Mwangaza, and MPs led by Majority Leader Kimani Ichungw’ah.

During his working tour in the region, the President also commissioned the Kiirua Buuri Irrigation Development Project which is expected to benefit more than 5,000 farmers.

“It will improve food and nutrition security besides enhancing farm income to Sh400 million a year,” Ruto said.

The President explained that the Government will shift from rains to irrigation-fed agriculture.

“We must make our agriculture commercial and sustainable so that we can break the poverty cycle that is associated with farming.

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