High pro­duc­tion cost is hurt­ing farm­ing – lobby

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

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