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Concern as flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia

From Left: Institute of Human Resource Management Chairman Elijah Stimah, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Institute of Human Resource Management Executive director Dorcas Wainaina
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001257211/flower-farmers-ditching-kenya

By Antony Gitonga | Published Fri, October 13th 2017

Prolonged labour disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of the country, players have said. According to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia.

The county chief noted talks between farmers and other players should be initiated to chart the way forward since the flower sector was crucial to Kenya’s economy. Addressing the press during the 21st human resource management workshop in Naivasha, Mr Kinyanjui said labour was the main point of concern for farmers. “Although labour is a national government issue, we need to find a lasting solution to this crisis that will help in improving productivity,” he said.

Although he did not name the farms that were contemplating relocating to Ethiopia, Kinyanjui said there was need to address issues surrounding labour laws. “Sometimes our laws give too much liberty to the workers and an investor has no confidence to borrow money from the bank and be left at the mercy of such workers,” he said. The governor said the sector must be safeguarded as it was among Kenya’s highest revenue earners. Hundreds of workers from flower farms have of late been relieved of their duties, with the high cost of production and a shrinking market taking the blame.

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Already Karuturi Flower Farm, which was one of the largest in the country, has closed shop, rendering close to 3,000 workers jobless. Institute of Human Resource Management Chairman Elijah Stimah said they were prepared to help counties deal with the labour crisis. “The industrial actions that we see in companies could end if those responsible for human resource are sourced from the association,” he said.

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  1. Moving flower or any other business to Ethiopia is a SUICIDE and will lead into BANKRUPTCY in a very short time. BUSINESSES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SHOULD AVOID INVESTING IN ETHIOPIA, THE CANCER OF AFRICA WHICH HAS METASTASIZED THROUGHOUT AFRICA. Multiple multinational and foreign companies such as one from India and one from Israel are suing the criminal terrorist Ethiopian government for close of a billion dollar for being overcharged, over promised, for not providing ideal business environment as promised and for looting and stealing their property and profits as they have to over 90% of Ethiopians over the last 26 years. MORE AND MORE FOREIGN COMPANIES IN ETHIOPIA SHOULD BE SUING THE MAFIA MURDEROUS TYRANNICAL TPLF/EPRDF FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLAR IN ORDER TO GET THEIR LOOTED MONEY BACK AND BANKRUPT THE DEVIL WORSHIPING TERRORIST TPLF/EPRDF GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL FACILITATE TO ITS OVERTHROW BY PATRIOTIC ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE.

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