Proposal to outlaw Muguka opposed by Farmers in Central Kenya
According to Khat farmers in Kirinyaga and Embu Counties, the proposal by some MCAs and a lobby group to outlaw the stimulant in parts of coast region would deal a heavy blow in the regions where the crop is the main economic driver.
The farmers who grow Muguka linked the proposed ban to trade wars, arguing that it was not backed by any scientific research that established negative effects on the people.
Embu Muguka Sacco chairman Laban Njiru said they sell Miraa worth at least 10 million shillings daily to Mombasa County alone, money that has changed the economic fortunes of Mbeere and Murinduko farmers who previously wallowed in poverty before they took to its farming.
The farmers congregating at Piai market on the border of the two counties where they were saying that the ban would deal a heavy blow to them as the crop defines their economy
According to Embu Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Muriithi Kiura, the government has recognized Muguka as a cash crop, hence no regional assembly should attempt to ban it.
By Malachi Motano