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Government changes tune on farmers debt

Government has changed its tune of writing off Sh67.5 million debt owned by farmers in Bura Irrigation Scheme in Tana River County.

Jubilee administration had announced to have written off the debt during the 2017 presidential election campaign.

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Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) a state corporation that deals with funding farmers now demand farmers to repay their loan.

In the letters seen by the Daily Nation and signed by AFC Bank Bura Branch Manager Jackson Haro, the farmers have been asked to pay between Sh24,300 to more than 70,000 depending on the loan that one took, failure to which their assets will be sold.

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The money was part of Sh125 million loan given by the AFC to Kenya Seed Board to supply seeds to farmers within Bura Irrigation scheme but they managed to pay only Sh40 million after the harvest.

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