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Anger in Mwenezi as lab-lab buyer fails to pay farmers

Cephas Shava
MWENEZI – Scores
of aggrieved lab-lab farmers from various corners of the district last week
threatened to demonstrate against Leguminosea (LG) over unpaid dues.
Lab-lab
is a crop which is processed to make stock feeds and LG is the sole buyer of
the crop in the district.
Aggrieved
farmers threatened to picket at LG offices but later held back following some
highly-charged negotiations.
“Three
months have gone by and they haven’t paid us anything and some of us are yet to
be paid last year’s balances,” complained one farmer.
The
farmers went on to give the company one week to pay them off or risk strong
confrontation.
Some
of them accused LG employees of demanding bribes in exchange for expeditious
processing of their payments.
The
LG employees had a torrid time calming the agitated farmers and they promised
to meet the one week deadline to pay the farmers what is due to them.
The
farmers said they were selling their produce for $6 per kg, meaning one can
pocket $6000 for a tonne.
  

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