Home News Ministry steps in to rescue farmers from rogue middlemen Tuesday February 16 2016 email print Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett (centre) with West Pokot Deputy Governor Titus Lotee (fourth right) visit Nasukuta abattoir after handing over veterinary diagnostic equipment for a laboratory in Kapenguria to the county governor Simon Kachapin on February 8, 2016. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the new approach will allow farmers to sell their produce at the market directly, to curb exploitation by middlemen.The CS called on residents of the South Rift region not to look down on fish farming but engage in the business, which he said was lucrative.Mr Bett said the ministry was also looking at ways of reducing the cost of dairy farming, including the reduction of the price of inputs. Advertisement By TIMOTHY KEMEI More by this Author The Agriculture ministry is planning to establish a chain of farmers’ markets across the country to get rid of middlemen who exploit growers by buying their produce at low prices.Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the new approach will allow farmers to sell their produce at the market directly, instead of having to rely on middlemen.The minister said it is worrying that farmers, who do the bulk of the work in food production, end up making less money while middlemen rake in huge profits.The middlemen buy the produce at low prices and sell it at higher prices at the market.“We have already set up a few markets and the programme is being expanded to get rid of middlemen. Under the plan, growers can leave their farms and directly transport their produce to the market and personally sell it. That will help them earn more,” he said.The minister spoke in Kericho, where he opened a horticulture market. Related Content More coffee wars as union plans to sue Directorate NDEMO: Old money: Blessing or curse? Coffee farmers reject Uhuru directive Coffee farmers reject Uhuru task force Mr Bett said his ministry was working closely with county governments in a bid to improve food production, adding that most of the agricultural functions were now under devolved units.FISH FARMINGThe CS called on residents of the South Rift region not to look down on fish farming but engage in the business, which he said was lucrative.“Aquaculture is an area that offers a lot of possibilities in terms of income generation. The ministry is campaigning for enhanced fish farming across the country. The demand for fish is far from being satisfied,” he said.Mr Bett said the ministry was also looking at ways of reducing the cost of dairy farming, including the reduction of the price of inputs.He said the ministry was encouraging more young people to join the sector.The ministry seeks to improve the quality of cattle being raised by distributing cheap but high quality bull semen, with four centres already set up to carry out this function.Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai said many residents of Kericho County rely on agriculture for their upkeep, adding that the regional government was prepared to partner with the national government to help farmers improve their yield. email print Related Stories Mon Feb 15 01:59:00 EAT 2016 More coffee wars as union plans to sue Directorate KPCU claims regulator has denied it permits to move crop and access to auction Mon Feb 15 09:04:58 EAT 2016 NDEMO: Old money: Blessing or curse? Mon Feb 15 13:32:36 EAT 2016 Coffee farmers reject Uhuru directive Mon Feb 15 16:00:24 EAT 2016 Coffee farmers reject Uhuru task force In the headlines The transformation of Ababu and Karua Once some of the fiercest critics of Uhuru and Ruto, LPK and Narc-Kenya leaders are now in Election 2017: Who will be president? Some are career politicians, others are teachers, one recently returned from the US, and another Prosecutors want Boniface Mwangi arrested Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies The rise and fall of Noriega May, Corbyn clash over Brexit Waiguru seeks to block lifestyle audit JUST BRENDA: My girlfriend can't cook, help!