Citrus Farmers Blame Government Over Rotting Oranges Top story

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Julius Adoa Aogon, a board member of Teso Tropical Fruits Cooperative Union and commercial farmer in Kobuin Sub County, says they want government to compensate them for the loses.

Citrus farmers in Ngora district are up in arms against government for alleged failure to find market for their harvest. The farmers argue that government mobilise them to grow oranges with promises of finding them international markets in vain.


 
They argue that their oranges are rotting away in their gardens without potential buyers despite the huge resources spent. On Monday, the aggrieved farmers handed a petition to the Ngora County MP, David Abala for delivery to parliament.



Julius Adoa Aogon, a board member of Teso Tropical Fruits Cooperative Union and commercial farmer in Kobuin Sub County, says they want government to compensate them for the loses.



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According to Aogon, they are losing over Shillings 1 Billion Shillings each season. There are 103 orange farmers in Kobuin Sub County alone. 

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Some few Kenyan traders are reportedly buying a bag of citrus at between Shillings 15,000 to 20000, which is much lower compared to the average price that initially stood at Shillings 70,000 a bag.

Martin Emiedu, a Citrus farmer in Ngora district, says his dreams to sell his harvest and but a tractor to open more land have been shuttered. 

"I planted oranges with a big dream of buying a tractor but I'm seeing no value for money ever since I started investing," Emiedu said. 


Jacob Oluka, Principal Agricultural Officer Ngora District has encouraged farmers not to lose hope and instead advised them to produce quality oranges to suit different market places.


David Abala, the Ngora County MP has promised to deliver the farmer's petition to the Speaker of Parliament very soon.

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While inaugurating the board of Soroti Fruits Factory, the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives told the leaders that government is soon opening the factory.