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Rice farmers cry for better prices

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Some rice farmers under the Community Savings and Investment Promotion (Comsip) have complained that they are selling their produce to vendors from Tanzania at lower prices because they do not have stable markets.

The farmers said apart from keeping hundreds of bags of rice for the Comsip cluster, most are selling the produce at give way prices to vendors.

Karonga district chairperson of Fwira cluster, Gertrude Mwenebabo, said the group has no stable market for the commodity where it would attract fair prices.

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“Vendors are everywhere in this area buying rice and they came with their own prices. It is our plea that Comsip authorities and the government should intervene,” Mwenebabo said.

Comsip Capacity Building Officer, Llyod Ngwira, said through Financial Access for Rural Markets Smallholders and Enterprise Programme (Farmse) the farmers are being equipped to be systematic through the production chain.

He said the project has a component which mandates them to support farmers to have access to stable markets.

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“We are also going to connect the farmers to potential buyers and we hope they will assist,” Ngwira said.

On business trainings, Ngwira said from next week, clusters members will be trained on basic skills in business operations.

Comsp has 122 clusters in Karonga district with assets worth K10.3 million.

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