India to Import 100,000 tons of Kenyan Ndengu-Raila Odinga

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Nasa leader Rt Hon. Raila Odinga speaking during the opening of the Kitui Villa Hotel in Kitui town on Tuesday /Musembi Nzengu

India is expected to annually import 100,000 tons of green grams from Kenya, Raila Odinga has announced.

Raila who spoke at Ngiini village in the outskirts of Kitui town during an occasion to commission a modern resort owned by Prof Makau Mutua on Tuesday said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the pledge to President Kenyatta through him.

Last Month I represented the president in bilateral talks on investments between Kenya and India. I reminded the Indian Premier that he made an undertaking to Kenyans during his last visit and he pledged his country’s commitment to import 100,000 tons of ndengu from Kenya annually,” said Raila.

This comes as sweet news to farmers of the crop in Makueni, Kitui, Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties who are toilling with a bumber harvest but with lack of market.

Green gram value chain actors in the four counties under the sponsorship of USAID, Feed the Future Project have unanimously endorsed an MoU that seeks for a partnership between the national government, county governments and development partners as the mediators in the crop value chain addition and marketing.

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The occasion was also graced by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Governors Kivutha Kibwana and Charity Ngilu as well as a host of other regional leaders.

Source: Governor’s Press, Makueni County 

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