Traders buying white sorghum from Tharaka farmers and later selling to Kenya breweries limited are counting big losses after their supplies to the manufacturer has been rejected over presence of aflatoxin in the produce.
The produce from the last season has been declared aflatoxin infested by the companies buying the produce from the dealers mainly from Mukothima.This has been evidenced by the rejection the supplies has met from the respective companies.
Speaking to Newsflash 254, the traders have said the news has come as a shocker to them which also means they have already suffered big loss since they relies on banks loans to run these investments. `We had taken loans from banks to venture into these businesses and now they are on our necks while we have made losses from the business. We have been hearing of the fungus but now we have experienced it first hand,’’ Said a trader.
While the county government has encouraged the farmers to venture into the farming since they have a ready market, these farmers are lamenting being exploited by the buyers through poor prices being offered.
The aggrieved farmers told newsflash 254 that they have always been promised to be offered a price of Sh 32 for every kilogram of the produce but this has never come a reality. `We are requesting for adjustment of the prices to at least Sh 30 for every kilogram so we benefit since most of us are farming the sorghum for our children’ school fees,’ said Mr. Stephen one of the farmers.
Further, the farmers said they are shot of seeds to plant in this season and therefore it would serve a better purpose if an effort to have them supplied with seeds is made.
This comes amid outcries over the last season’s produce that has been in traders stores with the company responsible for buying citing covid-19 hardships as the main factor for the delay.