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Title:The Mwea Irrigation Scheme and Rice Marketing in Kenya
Authors:Aldington, T.J.
Smith, L.D.
Year:1970
Periodical:East African Journal of Rural Development
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:16-44
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:development projects
grain processing
marketing
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Three basic faults of the marketing system have had a negative influence on the profitability of the scheme: 1. the lack of positive attempts to expand the market for rice especially among African customers; 2. the continuance of a cost-plus pricing system with no control over costs in the interest of the consumer; 3. the use of the marketing system as a source of finance by the National Irrigation Board as well as by the Maize and Produce Board. The authors discuss in detail these questions while some recommendations are suggested to improve the situation, i.a. an extension of the Mwea rice mill, a better price control, and improvement of the quality of the paddy. Further the long term market prospects for Kenya rice are discussed. Six tables, notes, ref.
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