Following the classification of Miraa as a scheduled crop in 2016,a taskforce was formed that found that the crop experiences diverse challenges including but not limited to :
●Existence of cartels perpetuating unfair trade practices.
●Unfavorable relations among law enforcement officials in the counties.
●Price fluctuation and wastage in the rainy season.
●Lack of designated markets and market sheds.
To that end, CAS Anne Nyaga unveiled the following miraa market sheds in Mbeere North, Mbeere South and Runyenjes regions:
●Muraru miraa market shed
●Kiritiri miraa market shed
●Siakago miraa market shed
●Kiwanjara -Ena market shed
●Mwanyari-Ngume market shed(ongoing)
●Gatiruri market shed(ongoing)
In consultation with farmers, traders and relevant stakeholders recommended strategies and interventions that would support the development of the Miraa Industry, more specifically including but not limited to:
Recovery of lost markets and search for new markets for Miraa produce;
Globally, Miraa is grown on commercial basis in Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya and Eritrea.
In Kenya, the crop grows in
● Embu Counties.
In the Mbeere region of Embu County majority of farmers have embraced Miraa production as a diversification strategy to boost their income as well as mitigate the production risks inherent in food crop production.
These market sheds will help the local smallholder miraa farmers run their businesses efficiently and in turn improve their livelihoods.
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