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Kenyans call for lift on cashew export ban

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Core Tip: The national government should lift a nine-year cashew nut export ban imposed on farmers in Lamu county, Kenya, Rep Shakilla Abdalla has said.
The national government should lift a nine-year cashew nut export ban imposed on farmers in Lamu county, Kenya, Rep Shakilla Abdalla has said.

Shakilla said the directive made by the then Agriculture Minister William Ruto in 2009 has led to the collapse of cashew nut farming in Lamu.

Farmers are forbidden from exporting and selling the crop to outside markets so as to revive local industries.

Speaking in Lamu town on yesterday, Shakilla said the ban should be reversed because it was damaging the cashew nut sector.

There are over 10,000 farmers in Lamu county in the major cashew nut growing areas in Mpeketoni, Witu and Faza. They incurred heavy losses when the ban was enforced since they lack market for their produce and Shakilla said a majority of them have stopped planting the crop.

She criticised the ban, terming it a failed intervention as it had led to the collapse of the sector and had failed to open up local markets for farmers.

“Middlemen are exploiting farmers who have very limited options. They are selling their produce at very low prices. A kilo of cashew nuts that went for Sh70 has drastically dropped to as low as Sh20 a kilo," said Shakilla.
 
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