Murang’a avocado farmers decry rampant theft by youth gangs
Murang’a avocado farmers are calling for combined efforts from all relevant stakeholders to cub the increased theft of produce.
The farmers want the local county government, elected leaders and security agencies to come together and draw a strategy that will end the crime which is not only targeting avocado but other farm produce.
During a press briefing on Monday, the farmers claimed that despite their efforts to prevent the theft, their fruits are being stolen from farms even during daytime at their watch by youth gangs.
Led by the chairman of Murang’a county avocado union, Mr. John Mwaniki, divulged that the union failed to meet its avocado production target last year due to theft.
Mwaniki reflects how Murang’a county is losing almost 1 billion per year due to theft of immature Avocados.
Operations officer from Alivado Company Munene Gitari highlighted that his firm since last year has incurred losses of more than 50 million due to the theft of avocados.
He said exporting of low-quality fruits from unlicensed buyers has also prompted many international buyers to avoid purchasing Kenyan avocados.
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