For a farmer who has repeatedly suffered poor harvests due to inadequate rains, Silas Kirimi was surprised to find himself with the opposite problem this year: What to do with last season’s bumper harvest of green gram? Prolonged rains from March to May allowed the 45-year-old to harvest 10 bags of the mung beans – double the usual amount – from his farm in Mukothima village in central Kenya, he said. He could either hold onto his surplus crop and risk losing it to pests or spoilage, because of poor storage, or he could sell it to middlemen, who buy grain at low prices and then sell it on for their own profit later.
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Publish date : 2018-11-02 08:41:56