Farmers from semi-arid areas and particularly those from Tharaka have protested the presence of cheap cereals from Tanzania which has flooded local markets posing a threat to their own farm products.
Speaking to News Flash 254 at Gatunga Market in Tharaka North sub county, farmers who farms the peas(nchugu) cereals for business said the presence of the cheap version of the produce from neighboring country has dealt them a blow since they are forced to lower the prices of their products to match that of produce from Tanzania.
“These cheap cereals from outside our region has made farming here unprofitable at all since to survive we have to lower our prices down which does not match the expenses we incur in farming of the same,” said Susan a farmer.
A 90 kilogram bag of the local farm produce is retailing at Sh 5000-5500 while that from Tanzania is retailing at a lower price of Sh 4000-4700 prompting most of buyers to go for the lower priced products.
The farmers who depends on cereals farming for survival therefore said there is dire need to regulate the farm produce entering the country since they may be forced to halt farming which will plunge them into economic crisis.