The Dokolo North Member of Parliament, Paul Amoru Omiat has advised his constituents, especially chia farmers on trading their produce cheaply.
The MP, also warned dealers against duping farmers by conspiracy to buy their chia at extremely low prices.
“Reports from the chia crop farming communities in Dokolo indicate that some dealers are duping and or ripping our people off their produce by conspiring to buy chia at extremely low and unacceptable prices of shillings 2, 500 and 2, 700 per kilogram respectively,” MP Amoru notes in his Friday’s press statement.
“This is in total disregard to their earlier commitment to buy chia at least at shillings 5, 000 per kilogram while they were yet mobilizing our farmers to grow the product,” he added.
For the hard work of toiling that “our chia farmers have experienced, they should be paid at least a bare minimum of 4,000 shillings per kilogram,” he advised with better price.
“On this premise, I strongly appeal to the farmers not to be in a hurry, to avoid exploitation,” his press statement further reads.
Also, the Legislator equally appealed for good post-harvest handling of all “their produce and better storage for value retention”.
To ensure exploitation is dealt with and farmers get best prices, Mr. Amoru says his office is already spearheading in the short term engagement with individuals and companies involved in chia buying with the aim of securing an urgent redress to the unacceptable low farm gate prices.
“We however will work towards doing collective marketing and market identification for our farmers in the coming seasons.”
Chia crop has proven to be a good cash crop and with all relevant private and government actors, he promised to join hands to help farmers produce high value crops that could go a long way towards increasing household incomes and economic growth.
“I call upon the district authority through the relevant technical department to prioritize the empowerment of our local population for better production by our farmers and to monitor and guide activities of companies and other business people operating in the district in order to
facilitate mutually beneficial business environment,” he advised leaders.
Health benefits of chia
Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.