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Mututho says flower farms oppressive

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY GEORGE MURAGE

The chairman parliamentary committee on agriculture John Mututho says
that twenty percent of flower farmers in Naivasha are involved in unfair
trade practices. Mututho accused the farmers of poorly paying
their workers and polluting the nearby Lake Naivasha. He said it is time the errant farmers changed their practices and
improved workers salaries or close shop. “Eighty percent of the
flower farmers are doing a great job but the rest are to blame for
tainting the image of the rosy sector,”

Mututho who has presented
a bill in parliament seeking to raise salaries of workers in the
agriculture sector to Sh10,000 promised to soldier on with the move. The
Naivasha Mp was speaking to the press at the end of the two day Naivasha
horticulture fair. The event brought together over 140
exhibitors and targeted Sh10m which would go towards charity.

Kenya Flower Council Chief Executive Officer Jane Ngige expressed concern over the
unreliable power in the country saying that it was adversely affecting
the flower sector. “The unreliable power coupled with
high cost of fuel and increase in the labor cost has not done the
sector any good,”