The association seeks to dissociate miraa and muguka – KBC
The Nyambene Miraa Traders Association (NYAMITA) seeks to dissociate Muguka miraa mainly grown in Embu and parts of Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties.
The association, through a letter to Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture Peter Munya, requested that Muguka be released as a separate crop, to ensure that the challenges facing miraa can be addressed separately.
He called on CS Agriculture to use its mandate to grant their request to recover a miraa crop that is on the verge of becoming useless.
Association president Kimathi Munjuri argues that Muguka’s classification as miraa has affected and frustrated efforts to revive the declining miraa crop market, as the two herbs have distinct and different demands.
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The president argued that a miraa working group formed to examine challenges affecting the harvest had erred in calling Muguka a miraa.
“This issue was politically influenced and ended up affecting the miraa enormously, as the funds allocated to the miraa farmers to amortize them after the loss of the main miraa markets were shared with the people of Muguka who were not affected. ‘no way,’ Munjuri said.
He said Muguka was not among the tonnes of miraa that were once exported and its market has shrunk after it was banned in the UK, Somalia among other markets that have so far been lost.
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