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DANIDA supports Kenyan nut farmers to increase market access

23.04.2013  14:49

"Nut farmers get Sh 9M to train in Value Addition”


"A local association has received Sh 9 million from a Danish organisation to finance the training of about 7,500 farmers in value addition. The Danish International development Agency (DANIDA) released the money last week to fund a pilot project of the Nut Processors Association of Kenya, dubbed “Macademia Biashara Yetu”, aimed at empowering farmers in Kirinyaga, Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties.


The training is meant to help the farmers commercialise macademia production. “In this one-year pilot project, we see great potential in these regions as we want to make macademia farming a national issue”, said Charles Muigai, head of the secretariat overseeing the project.


The project will move to the North Rift and Western Kenya regions thereafter. The project’s grant manager is the Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust while it will be implemented by the Nut Processors Association of Kenya.


“In the past, macademia growing has been opportunistic and not substantive, but we want to change that”, said Mr. Muigai. The macademia market is currently controlled by brokers, who exploit the farmers.”


(By Ouma Wanzala, page 3 in Daily Nation’s Smart Company section, Tuesday April 23rd 2013)

 

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