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Cut food prices,Kenya's President tells traders

Thursday August 13 2009

President Kibaki

President Kibaki. Photo/FILE 

Kenya's President Kibaki has urged traders to stop increasing food prices.

Opening the Mombasa International Agricultural Society of Kenya show on Thursday, the President said unchecked price increases had made life difficult for Kenyans.

President Kibaki directed the Finance and Agriculture ministries to act and stop sugar prices going up.

The people of the Coast also had reason to smile when President Kibaki ordered the Ministry of Agriculture to immediately distribute 100,000 coconut seedlings to farmers.

Job creation

Turning to tourism, the President said it played a big role in job creation.

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On the food deficiency, President Kibaki directed the Agriculture, Livestock and Water ministries to team up with the Coast leadership to find ways of harnessing the unutilised potential of the province in the agriculture and livestock sectors.

The President put absentee landlords on notice to either develop their vast tracts or the government would repossesses and allocate the land for productive use. (PPS)