Sunday April 21, 2019-A section of Jubilee MPs from Rift Valley have advised farmers in the region against buying into Deputy President William Ruto’s idea of avocado farming.

Addressing journalists at Parliament building, the MPs, led Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, Moiben’s Silas Tiren and Cherangany’s Joshua Kutuny has warned farmers not to be fooled into accepting avocado farming.

They argued that those advising farmers to shift from maize to avocado are cartels who are trying to benefit themselves. 

"The cartels who were telling farmers in the North Rift to abandon maize for avocado farming, are now trying to create an artificial shortage so that they can profit from its importation," said Keter. 

The legislators further warned farmers of an impending maize scandal and asked the government to buy maize produced by farmers at Sh3,500 per 90kg sack.

 Deputy President William Ruto and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago have asked farmers to shift focus to avocado farming which according to them has more profits.


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