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Govt bans cotton exports to Uganda
13
Oct '10
Kenyan government has forbidden exports of cotton from the country to Uganda on the pretext that now the country itself has been able to generate demand and to provide a market for the commodity.

Cotton Development Authority (CDA) in Kenya has also forewarned the Ugandan intermediaries who at times are seen deceiving the cotton cultivators in Kenya, particularly in the Western Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces. These intermediaries purchase the commodity from cultivators at low prices and make good profits by selling it at higher rates.

The Central Government has directed the concerned regional Governments to take steps against such intermediaries who were deceiving the cotton cultivators in the region by using tricky weighing machines.

The regional government in Teso is planning to to set up a watch on the Kenya-Uganda border, to wipe out this practice of exploitation of cotton cultivators in Kenya by certain middlemen from Uganda.

Businessmen from Uganda purchase cotton from Kenyan cultivators at Ksh35 per kilogram, but actually deceive cultivators by using tricky weighing machines. Conversely, the Kenyan government has started purchasing the commodity at a rate of Ksh32 per kilo up from Ksh20, earlier.

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