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DAILY POST: RUTO tells KALENJINs to diversify and start planting avocados and macadamia nuts – Maize is no longer profitable for you my brothers



Sunday December 2, 2018 – Deputy President William
Ruto has slammed Kalenjin politicians who have opposed calls to farmers to
diversify to other types of farming other than maize.
Speaking on Friday during the Nakuru International
Investment Summit that brought together local and international investors to
showcase investment opportunities, Ruto said time has come for North Rift
farmers to abandon maize farming for a more profitable business.
“I heard some people say the other day that they are not
interested in diversification because you cannot put avocados in a store or you
cannot feed avocados on initiates,” Ruto said.
“People are producing for markets to export while others are
thinking of how to produce to go and put in a store. That is how low some
people think in our country,” Ruto added.
The DP was reacting to comments by a section of MPs from
Rift Valley who opposed his idea that the region should substitute maize
farming with other crops including avocado and macadamia.
On November 18th, Alfred Keter of Nandi Hills,
Joshua Kuttuny (Cherengany) and Silas Tiren (Moiben) alleged that Ruto was encouraging
farmers to drop maize production to open the market for him to import maize
from Congo.

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