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Runda set for modern farmers market

In Summary

• The farmers’ market will connect food producers directly with consumers.

• All the farmers/shop owners will have to submit to regular inspections

Vegetables at a market. file
Vegetables at a market. file

A farmer's retail market is under construction in Nairobi's upmarket Runda area.

The Nairobi farmers market is aimed at giving agricultural producers and opportunity to sell directly to consumers cutting out middle men.

The 45 stall market is developed by United Agromarts Limited which says  it will help address traceability of produce and guarantee good agricultural practices.

All the farmers/shop owners will have to submit to regular inspections and certification, similar to what is required of export produce.

“In-between, numerous traders, brokers and county levy collectors eat the sweat from the farmer and the savings from the consumer. We are creating a facility that will be a big help for both the farmer and the consumer,” says  Munene Mashine, the project manager.

The  market, expected to open in July, will contain sections for fresh produce, beef, fish and poultry products, dairy produce and a grains section with a Mwea Rice Centre.

It also plans to launch a digital app to ride on Uber and Jumuia for home deliveries.

The market I will have a restaurant and a ‘nyama choma’ outlet.