Tomato farmers in Kenya have resorted to feeding cows with the commodity as they decry poor market

The farmers are watching helplessly as their tomato harvests waste away

The farmers from Molo and Laikipia are watching helplessly as their tomato harvests waste away with some citing lack of buyers for the produce that has flooded the market.

They have resorted to feeding cows with the tomatoes, with others dumping them on the roadsides.

"Many people have incurred huge losses as the commodity is rotting in the farms. We have also been forced to feed tomatoes to cows," a farmer told Business Daily.

Some of them have been forced to sell the produce in neighbouring Tanzania despite exploitation by middle men from Kenya.

Throw-away price

"We are being exploited by middle men from Kenya who are connecting us with these traders from Tanzania, but we have no option rather than to sell the produce to them at a price of their choice," said Mr Ezekiel Maina, a large scale tomato farmer.

He added that they are selling a 65-kg crate at Sh500 to traders from Tanzania.

The farmers added that they are incurring heavy losses as they were being forced to sell the produce at a throw-away price.

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