High production cost is hurting farming – lobby
High cost of power and increased levies are undermining growth of the economy, the Agricultural Employers Association has said. Addressing the members in Naivasha, chairman Abdi Sora said agriculture is grappling with high cost of production. “While we appreciate the role played by the government, electricity cost is currently the highest in the continent, and there should be focus in reducing cost of doing business,” he said. Sora blamed some challenges on the new constitution. He accused some county governments of causing anxiety among farmers by giving them misleading interpretation on land lease. “While we know that that the 999 years land lease were reduced to 99 by the new constitutions, but the utterances by some Governors have fuelled uncertainty,” he said.