Ruto promises to root out cartels in farmer-linked cooperatives

President William Ruto has revealed that his administration will put in place proper mechanisms to manage the cooperative movement well to ensure Sacco members are safeguarded from exploitation by brokers and cartels.

Speaking during Meru Dairy Cooperative Union’s 8th annual field day at Gitooro showground in Meru town, Ruto lamented that it’s very sad that farmers suffer and toil yet brokers benefit more from their sweat.

“My government will have a comprehensive plan to unite our farmers. We also have a set of regulations that will streamline cooperatives and societies to help farmers,” he said, adding that they’ll also reduce the cost of production so that more food is produced to satisfy the consumer market.

The president said Ksh5 billion has been set aside for aggregation and industrial parks to help keep away brokers from marketing of produce.

He also said that the government will revive 7 markets in Meru county at a cost of Ksh20 million.

Cooperatives CS Simon Chelugui assured Kenyans that his ministry is committed to strengthening cooperatives.

“Together with the ministry of Agriculture, we are celebrating increased value addition and aggregation by the Meru Central Dairy Cooperative Union. This is a pointer that the cooperative model has a big role to play in our economy,” said the CS.

By John Majau

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